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Doing the splits

What are we to make of these two responses to the Scottish Executive's proposed parent forums?

"We welcome this opportunity to consult on the future direction of parental representation in education . . . Working in active partnership will ensure positive outcomes." - Alan Smith, president of the Scottish School Board Association "There is a very real chance that we will end up with the parental groups as talking - or more likely moaning - shops . . . Let's not lose something which has long been seen as a positive part of the process." - Caroline Vass, vice-president of the SSBA Interesting

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