No go quangos

22nd September 2000 at 01:00
THE proposals by three ex-local authority officers to transfer all education to learning skills quangos are dangerous and flawed (TES, September 8).

Without local government the early-years plans, the numeracy and literacy strategy, and turning round of "failing" schools, would not have been possible.

These ex-LEA employees' comments on the abilities of councillors and officers are arrogant, inaccurte and based on no evidence.

Most of us have sufficient expertise to help deliver an agenda which raises standards. That is why educational standards are rising faster than ever. Local government believes in working in partnership with others and not leaving it to 47 learning skills councils.

Graham Lane

Education chair

Local Government Association

Smith Square, London SW1

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