Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Little Short of a Scandal

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Little Short of a Scandal

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You do not need to be the most studious of political observers to have long ago recognised the lengths this Government will go to achieve its political targets.

But the pressure it is putting on local authorities to adopt city academies is little short of a scandal.

This is the tawdry deal being offered.

Give a home to one of these ( as yet unproven ( institutions, or risk losing future funding to build new schools or upgrade others.

The Government likes its "flagship" projects and "big ideas" and will go to any lengths to ensure that one day it can point to some building and say "we did that".

But insiders at Newcastle City Council are right ( and it has more than a ring of truth ( the Government are also playing fast and loose with our money and our children's futures.

The real scandal, of course, is that the taxpayer/parent loses whichever way the deal falls.

Whitehall officials are insisting that Newcastle gets its academy up and running within three years or risk losing pounds 200m to rebuild and improve 16 other schools. …

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