YOUR leader (TES, November 26) refers to variations in schools funding and the purpose of local authorities.
Half a century of national funding of the health service has hardly produced a consistent and fair system: nor has it resulted in a system free from scandals, or, one that bears comparison with our European neighbours.
As Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland benefit from devolution, England faces the threat of more centralisation.
A new framework of responsibility and accountability for major services is needed. Who can deny that locally-elected representatives should not have the prime interest in standards in the schools serving their communities, and be held fully accountable?
Society of Education Officers
Princess Street, Manchester