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(UK) Birmingham: "There just aren't enough school places" for SPED students

Mar 16, 2019, Planet Radio, Birmingham: Families protest "absolutely devastating" school funding as education secretary visits Birmingham https://planetradio.co.uk/free/local/news/families-protest-absolutely-devastating-school-funding-as-education-secretary-visits-birmingham/ Protesting families descended on Birmingham today to confront Education Secretary Damian Hinds over school cuts. It's after King's Heath Primary joined a growing number of schools across the Birmingham announcing plans to finish the week at 1pm on Friday- in a bid to make ends meet. The school is also having to review its special educational needs and disabilities provision. … "But for parents of disabled children who now may no longer have a school place, this is absolutely devastating, because there just aren't enough school places for children with special educational needs." Angry parents were ready to confront Damian Hinds today - who was in Birmingham attending the Association of School and College Leaders annual conference. "We're supposed to be a rich country," says mum Rosie. "We're supposed to go into Brexit negotiations saying we're powerful and rich. Well, are we? We can't afford to fund five days a week of schooling," she continues. The education secretary failed to come out to meet the protesters.

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