The BBC is reporting that the first ever school governors’ “strike” is being threatened in the escalating dispute over spending cuts.
School governors in West Sussex are writing to MPs to warn them they will refuse to sign off budgets or carry out their supervisory work.
Schools in West Sussex have been at the forefront of a national campaign over funding – with heads warning that they face cutting teaching staff, merging classes or reducing school hours.
School governors – including parents and representatives from the local community – do not get paid, but they have a responsibility of oversight for how schools are run, appointing staff and scrutinising school finances.
And governing bodies in West Sussex are warning that unless their “urgent concerns” about a lack of funding are addressed, they will withdraw their services.
This could cause administrative problems – but it will be seen as symbolic support for an increasingly vocal campaign over school funding.
The Department for Education has said that the core school budget has been protected in real terms – and that funding for schools in 2016-17 is at record levels of more than £40bn.
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