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They run your school, your mum and dad

The Tories are winning admirers with plans for new Swedish-style schools, with parents in the driving seat. But will they work here? And is it wise to let parents set up and run Britain's schools?

By James Crabtree   April 2009

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Politicians like talking about parent power. Tony Blair promoted his 2006 Education Act with boasts of a new era of parental choice. Today, David Cameron is in on the act—promising a Tory parental revolution, and a new “great Education Act” in his first 100 days.

For Emma Jones, though, such high rhetoric has a rather empty sound. About five years ago she began to worry about where her son and daughter would go to secondary school. A theatre director by profession, she and her young family lived in a small enclave…

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