England

Half of England’s secondaries becoming academies
Hannah, R. BBC News (5 April 2012)

Academy schools are state funded but privately managed primary and secondary schools. The first academy schools were established in 2003, and now less than a decade later, 50% of English secondary schools have either converted or are seeking to convert to the governance model.  Opponents to the proliferation of academy schools “argue academies are unaccountable and undemocratic as they have no link with locally-elected education authorities…”  (See one school’s protest against being turned into an academy here.)  Proponents believe the academy schools’ greater freedoms allow the opportunity for schools to “meet the needs of local parents and pupils.”  (See Education Minister Michael Gove on detractors of academy schools here.)

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