Over 100 people demonstrated at the 'Save our Schools' event in Bristol last Saturday. The protest was a spontaneous response to the council's sham referendum over the council tax. The result means the Labour council will make millions of pounds of cuts to the education budget. The message from teachers, parents and the community was, 'No way will we accept this ludicrous situation that could see 180 teachers sacked.' Over 650 signatures were collected, and many pledged to come to an open planning meeting on 1 March.
Teachers who had heard about the meeting on the radio came to express their disgust at the sham of a referendum. Parents from Whitehouse and Gay Elms primary schools came down to celebrate their victory of stopping the council from closing their schools. They told of how a packed public gallery had roared with approval on Tuesday of last week when three Labour councillors voted with the opposition to save both the primary schools. Parents pressed home the message that 'we are not going to take anything lying down, and if you fight you can win'.
PAULETTE NORTH, teacher at St George Community College and assistant divisional secretary Bristol NUT