Education: This report that undermines the financing of private education under contract

A report co-authored by a Renaissance MP and his LFI counterpart criticizes inadequate budgetary and educational controls in private contract education. The two deputies call for more transparency.

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– A report undermines the financing of private education under contract.

Public versus private… is the war back? While teachers mobilized against the “level groups” in college and to defend public schools,
MEPs will examine a report that limits the financing of private education under contracts and demands more transparency, with the risk of sanctions. Forty years after the abandonment of the Savary Act, which provided for the creation of a large, unified public education service, there was a victory for “free school” that had succeeded in mobilizing its supporters in the hundreds of thousands, the public-private debates are gaining momentum again. A report examined late Tuesday afternoon by the National Assembly’s Education and Culture Committee was co-authored by Renaissance MP Christopher Weissberg and his LFI counterpart Paul Vannier. It should be grist to the mill for those calling for a challenge to the status quo between the State and the private sector.

Consists of 95% Catholic institutionswhich educates more than two million students “at least 75% by the government”Private education under contract to the state has been facing a barrage of criticism for several months, fueled by the scandals surrounding Stanislas, an elitist Parisian establishment, the outings of former minister Oudéa-Castéra and even a report by the Court of Auditors last year. June . This had exposed the shortcomings of state control “clear decline” diversity in private companies. The report by Mr Weissberg and Mr Vannier continues in the same vein, although they do not make the same recommendations.

Will the social positioning index be taken into account soon?

Opaque financing, expenditure of 9.04 billion euros underestimatedinsufficient budget and education controls: the report has tough teeth on the management of “free school” by government agencies. The rapporteurs want more control and faith “for which compensation is sought
private institutions are still far from reaching the level of funding, as evidenced by the
deterioration of social and educational diversity”
. To strengthen this diversity, Christopher Weissberg proposes to make it mandatory to take into account the Social Positioning Index (IPS) in the “resource allocation model”. pleads Paul Vannier “a penalty mechanism” to reduce allocations when this IPS is higher than that of public institutions in the same sector.

During a press conference on Wednesday, general secretary of Catholic education Philippe Delorme anticipated these conclusions to denounce “rearguard actions”. “I regret that all our branches are not financially audited every year”he added, making sure they published “a very accurate accounting balance, so quite easy to check without spending hours”. Reflecting these turbulences roiling the private sector, public education is expressing its consternation and anger toward the private sector “sorting students” According to the unions, imposed by politics
government.

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Just over 7% of the strikers according to the ministry

At issue is the reform launched by Gabriel Attal, known as the “clash of knowledge” supposed to raise the level of French students, but one of the most important measures, the creation of “level groups” in the 6th and 5th grades of the following school year, is being vilified by a section of the education community. According to the Ministry of Education 7.10% of teachers were on strike Tuesday, all levels combined, and 14.94% in colleges. According to the Snes-FSU, the majority in middle and high schools, the percentage of strikers was 36% in high school. Although the official texts no longer only talk about groups “composed according to the needs of the students”a call for a strike was launched by the Snes-FSU, the SNEP-FSU (physical education and sport), SUD Education, CGT éduc’action and FNEC-FP FO. Demonstrations are organized in various cities.

This was the opinion of Minister of Education Nicole Belloubet on BFMTV on Tuesday “It is not a matter of sorting students, but of providing skills, according to a differentiated pedagogy”. In addition to the withdrawal “the shock of knowledge”demand the unions “a salary increase without compensation and resources for public schools”. As during the last strikes, the movement should be followed more in the universities, but also in Seine-Saint-Denis, where the left-backed unions have “emergency plan” with the creation of thousands of teaching staff positions.

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