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The head and governors are giving some strange reasons for seeking foundation status for Ripon school. Claims that it would give them more flexibility over the appointment of staff are just not true. They spend their budget now as they wish.The head's comment that he wants to run the school as a business seems to be behind the plan to seek foundation status. Exactly why does he not wish to run the school as a "local authority school"? Is there something wrong with local government being involved in education?

After all, the local people through their national and local taxes provide the money for their community to be educated.

Graham Lane Education leader Local Government Association Smith's Square, London SW1

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