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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 May 2009
Lewisham Bridge rooftop protest
AS THE Socialist goes to press, the rooftop protest at Lewisham Bridge primary school is still continuing against the council's threat to demolish the school.
Parents are angry. They are being asked to get their children up early and see them come home late while they are bussed to a temporary school site in New Cross.
And it's all because the council wants to replace their school with a school for children from 3 years to 16 years old.
On 20 May, Lewisham Socialist Party councillors Ian Page and Chris Flood are putting forward a motion to the full council meeting.
This motion tells Mayor Steve Bullock to put off any demolition of Lewisham Bridge school, at least while councillors work out if there will be enough primary school places for local children if the school is knocked down.
The motion also calls for an end to the 'decant' to the temporary school and for the children to be brought back to Lewisham Bridge, at least while all the unresolved planning issues are being looked into.
Parents and teachers can see that squeezing a large 'all-age' school into a small site presently occupied by a primary school with half the proposed pupil numbers is a recipe for substandard play areas and classrooms.
The Socialist Party says:
- No to school cuts and closures.
- For a united campaign of teachers, parents, pupils, trade unionists and community activists to defeat these planned cuts.
- Reduce the size of school classes, not the number of schools.
- No to academies. Kick the market out of education.
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In The Socialist 20 May 2009:
We need workers' MPs on a worker's wage
Socialist Party editorial
Swindling MPs are detached from reality
Socialist Party workplace news
Reinstate Rob Williams!
Thousands march for jobs in Birmingham
Visteon workers' victory march
Why socialists oppose the EU
No2EU - yes to democracy
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka: The guns fall silent but the tragedy continues
End Gaza blockade
Socialist Party feature
Tiananmen 1989: Seven weeks that shook the world
Youth fight for jobs
Youth Fight for Jobs fortnight of action
Enthusiastic reception for Youth Fight for jobs
Don't close our schools!
Kings College, London
Lewisham Bridge rooftop protest
Socialist Party news and analysis
BT say they're sorry
Welsh-speaking worker bullied by boss
PCS conference gathers
Construction workers walk out
Union organisation necessary to defend working conditions
The Socialist 20 May 2009 |
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