Vande Mataram mandate: Urdu-medium BMC schools fear parents’ ‘backlash’

Vande Mataram mandate: Urdu-medium BMC schools fear parents’ ‘backlash’

JUST over a year after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a circular mandating Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) in all municipal schools, civic schoolteachers, especially in Urdu-medium schools, are fearing a backlash from parents if they mandate the singing of Vande Mataram. On Thursday, an elected body of corporators in Mumbai had passed a proposal to make singing of the national song compulsory across nearly 1,100 BMC schools. Last year, the BMC had okayed a proposal, mandating all BMC schoolchildren to perform the Surya Namaskar. Though a circular was issued,…

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Grammar schools ‘may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year’

Grammar schools ‘may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year’

Grammar schools in England may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year to cope with funding cuts, their head teachers’ association has warned. A majority of grammars will be left worse off by proposed funding changes, according to analysis by the Grammar School Heads’ Association. A number of Conservative MPs are urging the government to change its plans. But the Department for Education said it was ending a postcode lottery in school funding. ‘Fundamental change’ The new system is designed to support deprived areas by reallocating existing funding. But…

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Grammar schools could ask parents for up to £40 a month to make up funding shortfalls

Grammar schools could ask parents for up to £40 a month to make up funding shortfalls

Grammar schools are considering asking parents for cash to make up budget shortfalls set to be caused by changes in funding, head teachers have warned. Families could be asked for £30 to £40 a month to ensure teaching standards do not fall, the Grammar School Heads Association (GSHA) has said. Conservative MPs have called for the Government to review the “unacceptable” reforms, which could leave some schools choosing between cutting facilities or switching off heating to keep costs down. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We have a choice, I suppose….

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Grammar schools may ask parents for donations to cover funding cuts

Grammar schools may ask parents for donations to cover funding cuts

Grammar school headteachers are threatening to seek monthly donations from parents to cover government budget cuts, joining the chorus of protests over the emerging funding crisis. The government’s plans for a revised “fair funding” formula would mean most grammar schools were worse off as a result of the changes proposed by the education secretary, Justine Greening – at a time when the government is banking on grammar school expansion as a key domestic policy aim. The Grammar School Heads’ Association said more than 100 of the existing 163 grammar schools…

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State, some parents ask court to stop lawsuit challenging Tax Credit Scholarship program

State, some parents ask court to stop lawsuit challenging Tax Credit Scholarship program

TALLAHASSEE — Attorneys for the state and a group of parents asked the Florida Supreme Court this week to reject a lawsuit challenging a program that helps pay for tens of thousands of children to attend private schools. The filings came amid ratcheted-up debate about the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. On Tuesday, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, described the lawsuit, spearheaded by the Florida Education Association teachers union, as “evil.” The union and other plaintiffs went to the Supreme Court after a Leon County circuit judge and…

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Overseas Scholarship: meeting of parents at Siasat office tomorrow

Overseas Scholarship: meeting of parents at Siasat office tomorrow

Hyderabad: Several minority students have submitted forms for Overseas Scholarship Scheme and some have also taken admission waiting for financial assistance from government of Telangana. An important meeting of parents of the students will be held on October 26, from 2:30 pm, at Mahboob Husain Jigar Hall, Siasat premises, Abids. Issues like representation with the government and other matters will be discussed. Mr. Abid Rasool Khan Chairman Minority Commission will be the chief guest. Syed Khalid Mohiuddin Asad has appealed parents of the students who have applied for overseas scholarship…

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