‘Free’ schools not the answer

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I WAS disheartened by the ­rhetoric being used in your ­story “Parents call for state school alternative” (News, June 16). Especially revealing was the comment from the leader of the New School Action Group: “This isn’t a bunch of middle-class parents who want to set up their lovely nice school.”

This, of course, is exactly what is happening and in a local authority where parents have been leaving state education for the private sector in their droves, because they have found local authority schools starved of resources and a commitment to excellence.

We need to concentrate on keeping children of committed middle-class parents in mainstream education not offer them a get-out on the cheap.

Irene Soames, Perth