A New Dawn?

The Labour Party is considering radical plans to scrap Scotland’s 32 education authorities and strip councils of much of the country’s £5 billion-a-year schools budget. Money would go directly from the Scottish Government to head teachers, giving them control over staffing, discipline, and curriculum. Local authorities would focus on administrative tasks such as school transport, meals and building maintenance. Taking local authorities out of the equation will cut council tax bills dramatically as councils will no longer need to find extra resources from local taxpayers. The proposals could return Scotland to the forefront of international education and may form part of Labour’s manifesto at next year’s Holyrood elections.

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