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Gaynor James, who runs a youth cafe in Blaenau Gwent, says some children are slipping through the net.
David Swallow, the ex-headmaster of Barry Comprehensive, says schools need support.
The Welsh Local Government Association says councils should not lose control of schools. The WLGA has responded to the review announced by the Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, saying that although there are major issues, LEAs are functioning 'to an optimum level' to serve pupils' interests.
Plaid Cymru's Education Spokesperson Simon Thomas has claimed that the review of how schools are run is an admission of the failure of consecutive Labour ministers to ensure high standards. He added that it is wrong only to blame the local education authorities.
Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns AM has claimed that Leighton Andrews' announcement is 'an astonishing admission of failure'. She accused the Education Minister of a blame game, that he was saying poor standards in schools were the fault of everyone but the Welsh Government.
Education Minister Leighton Andrews has announced the most radical shake-up in the way schools are run in 110 years. A review of the delivery of education services will look at what should be undertaken at school, local authority, regional and national level. It will look at a range of options:
- A regional system, with the review setting the regional boundaries.
- Moving school improvement from local authorities to a Welsh Government regional service.
- Merging council education services, with counties providing joint management.
- Removing all education functions from local government
LEAs were first created in 1902. They were reduced to just eight in 1974 but increased to 22 in 1996. The review will report by next March. Mr Andrews said 15 reports from the schools inspectorate, Estyn, on the performance of individual local authorities had demonstrated the need to take action.
- Anglesey – in special measures, with an intervention board appointed.
- Blaenau Gwent – in special measures, run by commissioners.
- Pembrokeshire – in need of significant improvement under direction of a Ministerial Board.
- Wrexham, Cardiff, Flint, RCT and Caerphilly - adequate
Mr Andrews said 'adequate' meant barely good enough. Two authorities -Torfaen and Powys- had shown significant improvement and five -Newport, Conwy, Denbigh, Carmarthen and Neath Port Talbot- were 'good'. None were 'excellent', though not all councils' reports have been published yet.
The Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, is due to tell AMs how he wants education to be delivered in future. Welsh Government sources say it will be a 'significant' announcement. Mr Andrews has been encouraging councils to share resources by forming schools consortia.
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The former leader of Cardiff Council says councils would be "emasculated" if they lost responsibility for education.