Sunday, May 28

The PSOE knocks down the Podemos proposal to convert the concerted education centers into public ones




El Mucho put the PSOE at stake, even millions of people on the street. That was what happened when the entire concerted party united against the ‘Celaá law’ and what presumably would have happened if the Podemos proposal had gone ahead yesterday
to convert concerted centers into public ones
. The PSOE returned yesterday to distance itself from its government partners and said “no.”

The purple party proposed, as ABC announced last Monday, the voluntary integration of concerted and private schools into the public network. The justification is that the concerted one is “subsidiary” of the public one and that it was configured as such in the 1980s when the State required more educational places than it had (in fact, concerts were regulated, for the first time in Spain, with the PSOE in power).

“What you propose invades the powers that correspond to the autonomous communities. Your proposal does not seem viable, “said the socialist deputy Maria Olga Alonso Suarez during the debate on the initiative. He added that when an autonomous community “has considered launching this resource, it has done so”there is no obstacle for other communities to do so“. “If we want to improve education and our public education system, we all have to work together.”

The PP and Vox also said no to the initiative. The same did Cs, the PNV and Carlos García Adanero, from UPN, on behalf of the Mixed Group. The latter said that “this is derived from those little problems that you have between you and I suppose that this was left hanging when the last education law was approved in Congress, which I imagine that you aspired to be included by the PSOE and it did not listen to you ». More Country voted in favor while Bildu abstained.

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The text of the proposal stated that “the public authorities, as stated in the Spanish legal system, must be responsible for guaranteeing the adequacy of public school places. Therefore, it would be opportune to establish the necessary legislative mechanisms to guarantee that private or concerted private schools that so request voluntarily can be incorporatedas fully-fledged institutions, to the network of public schools in the Spanish State».

“Good news”

“The rejection of the bill is, without a doubt, good news for our educational system and for the freedom of education. Concerted centers do not need to be ‘saved’ by becoming public centers, in exchange for losing their identity. They need the law to be complied with and the administrations to finance them according to the real cost of the school post. In this way, they will be able to continue fulfilling their social work and enabling a plurality of projects that enrich our education,” said Luis Centeno, deputy general secretary of Catholic Schools, the employer of the largest concerted organization in the country, with 1,200,000 students and 2,000 centers.

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