Greens keep up pressure on Edinburgh schools’ future

Edinburgh’s schools will remain under threat until city leaders tackle the family exodus from the city.

That will be the message from Edinburgh Green Party at a special public meeting in the capital tonight (Thursday 4 October).  The meeting, chaired by Green MSP, Robin Harper, will look at the long term future for schools, following the recently-abandoned school closures programme.

Robin Harper, himself a former teacher at Boroughmuir High School, said:

“There was a huge sigh of relief across the city when the Lib-Dem / SNP administration scrapped its misconceived plans to close 22 schools.  But many parents and community campaigners are worried that this is only a temporary stay of execution.  They are right to be worried.”

Councillor Alison Johnstone, the Greens’ spokesperson for education will address the meeting.  She added:

“Greens will continue to stand by our manifesto pledge to contest school closures.  I believe the changing make-up of our population is a unique opportunity to re-think schools: to reduce class sizes and to make even stronger their roles as community hubs.”   

“But I also want us to look at how to avoid these battles in the future.  That is about making Edinburgh a city that welcomes families and makes it affordable and attractive for families to live here.” 

Other speakers include Julia Macintosh, an active campaigner from Abbeyhill Primary School.

The meeting is at 8pm on Thursday 4 October at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace.  It is open to all members of the public.