Teachers in England's North Strike to Protest Budget Cuts

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Teachers in England's North Strike to Protest Budget Cuts


Guttenplan, Dd, International Herald Tribune


Spending on education nationwide is set to decline by Pounds 500 million.

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Schools across the northwest of England were shut last Thursday after two of Britain's biggest teachers' unions called a one-day strike to protest cuts in education spending in the budget unveiled last week by George Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer. About 3,000 schools in Liverpool, Manchester and Chester were affected.

The National Union of Teachers said that tens of thousands of educators were involved in the strike.

"This strike action should not have been necessary and could have been avoided if the secretary of state was prepared to listen to the voice of teachers who are raising deep concerns, not only on behalf of the profession, but on behalf of our children and young people," said Chris Keates, the union's general secretary.

Extending his austerity program into an unexpected fifth year, Mr. Osborne announced that spending on education would decline by Pounds 500 million, or about $760 million. The budget for the National Scholarship Program, which provides support for students from poorer backgrounds, was cut to Pounds 50 million from Pounds 150 million; the program's emphasis was also switched from undergraduates to graduate students. …

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