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Sheffield campaign blocks school closures

by Karen Mee
Issue No. 2055

Campaigners in Sheffield are celebrating after forcing the council to reverse its plan to close two schools.

As reported in last week’s Socialist Worker, the Labour council put in a motion to full council last Wednesday proposing an “independent review” over their previous decision to close two schools in the north west of Sheffield.

However another motion at the council was carried which rejected the council plan altogether.

Campaigners were jubilant. We have worked hard to secure this outcome and we often thought it was impossible.

Our campaign directly influenced the local election results in Sheffield which has led to Labour losing overall control of the council. This is great news for democracy.

Labour councillors were furious and accused the campaign of losing the city £20 million. This money was offered to the city as a bribe for building trust schools. Sheffield is a “pathfinder” authority for academy and trust schools.

The Labour group’s strategy to build a large trust school in Sheffield has been scuppered. This will surely have wider implications for the trust schools programme both locally and nationally.

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Tue 12 Jun 2007, 19:56 BST
Issue No. 2055
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