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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 May 2009

Threat of academies

LABOUR PROMOTES academies as a solution to 'failing' comprehensive schools. Private sponsors, rich business people or corporations, religious charities or even rival private schools, can put in up to 2 million with the remaining 25 million or so of a new school's finances coming from the government. This 'investment' means the sponsor can choose most of the school's governing body and have a big influence on its 'ethos'.

Many local authorities have been blackmailed into seeking sponsors for academy deals while parents are promised a new school with high-tech facilities. In reality academies, rather than improve education, can actually damage children's education chances.

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