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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 May 2009
Threat of academies
LABOUR PROMOTES academies as a solution to 'failing' comprehensive schools. Private sponsors, rich business people or corporations, religious charities or even rival private schools, can put in up to £2 million with the remaining £25 million or so of a new school's finances coming from the government. This 'investment' means the sponsor can choose most of the school's governing body and have a big influence on its 'ethos'.
Many local authorities have been blackmailed into seeking sponsors for academy deals while parents are promised a new school with high-tech facilities. In reality academies, rather than improve education, can actually damage children's education chances.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 13 May 2009:
Fight all job cuts
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Socialist Party editorial
Sweep away the thieves and their system
Socialist Party news and analysis
Renationalise the railways
Sri Lanka's killing zone
Corus jobs slaughter - fight the closure
News in brief
Linamar and Visteon
Linamar sack Swansea trade union leader
A victory at Linamar would be a victory for all workers
Visteon workers discuss socialism
Socialist Party election campaign
No2EU - Yes to Democracy campaign news
No to the EU gravy train
Youth fight for jobs
Youth Fight for Jobs Launch conference
International socialist news and analysis
Gaza: the nightmare continues
Imperialism sucked deeper into Afghan quagmire
Socialist Party workplace news
Defending jobs and conditions at the Olympics site
Defending jobs and conditions at Fiddlers Ferry
Wales TUC: For trade union democracy and for trade union rights!
Socialist methods tested
Workplace news in brief
PCS conference: A fighting union that defends its members
NSSN - fight the bosses' offensive
NSSN Conference: Saturday 27 June
Marxist analysis: history
Defeating the poll tax
Save our schools Weston Favell, Northampton
Lewisham Bridge primary school
Threat of academies
The Socialist 13 May 2009 |
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