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8th April 2011 at 01:00

Island council's legal battle

The Scotsman

- An island council is to pursue a legal challenge against the Scottish Government for blocking plans to close four schools. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) voted in November to shut 11 schools, including eight primaries and three two-year secondaries, due to falling rolls. Education Secretary Michael Russell "called in" the decision under the new Schools (Consultation) Act.

`Excuse' to make cuts

The Times

- Lecturers' leaders have accused university bosses of using the financial shortfall in higher education as an "excuse" to push through cuts. University and College Union (UCU) Scotland president, Lesley McIntosh, slammed principals at the union's conference in Dundee. She said: "The excuse of funding cuts from management is being used to push through their own selfish agendas."

Parents vs council

Press and Journal

- A parents' group at a closure-threatened Aberdeenshire primary school has claimed the council overlooked a recent increase to the pupil roll. Speaking outside a meeting of the Marr area committee at Huntly, parents at Logie Coldstone Primary said the case to close the school did not stand up. The parent council chairwoman, Julie Mitchell-Mehta, said the fact that the school had three new pupils starting P1 next year was not mentioned at the meeting: "We don't believe there is an educational case for closing the school, and there is no financial case at all."

`Recipe for disaster'

The Courier

- A Fife college principal has criticised cuts to funding, describing them as "a recipe for disaster" for the provision of future skills. Professor Bill McIntosh, principal of Carnegie College, made his comments heard following protests by Unison members at the college's base in Dunfermline.

Failure to consult

The Herald

- Scotland's largest council failed in its duty to consult parents over the controversial appointment of primary school headteachers, the Scottish Government has ruled. Glasgow City Council has been informed of the breach in a letter from civil service officials that states they did not involve parent councils in a number of headteacher appointments last year, as they should have done. Under the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act of 2006, councils have a duty to consult with parent councils before any senior appointments are made.

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