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Anti academies alliance challenges Gordon Brown's priorities

by Alasdair Smith
Issue No. 2054

Academy schools are fast becoming the education touchstone for Gordon Brown.

The media has tried to spin the story that all the main parties now agree on the virtue of academies.

But divisions have surfaced between the deputy Labour leadership candidates, and last week the Institute for Public Policy Research released a scathing report arguing academies cannot be trusted.

In the last month, the Anti Academies Alliance has been flooded with enquiries about academies in Lincoln, Littlehampton, Worcester, Preston and more.

It is clear this is not about helping our “inner cities” but about restructuring the entire education system along neoliberal lines.

The MPs’ committee of enquiry into academies due to be held on 12 June has been overwhelmed with requests to give evidence.

It is important to keep up the pressure in every area so that Gordon Brown realises that academies are another part of Blair’s rotten legacy that he should reject.

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Tue 5 Jun 2007, 19:11 BST
Issue No. 2054
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