I see the front page of the Herald this morning has a story concerning guidelines to be followed before closing any state school ... apparently the Minister has sent a letter to all 32 Councils in Scotland that stresses:
... "the importance of preserving quality education in schools, rather than moving to closure to save money, or because of short-term population fluctuations.
... and "the importance of assessing the wider impact of school closures on the viability and regeneration of the local community has also been stressed."
At this juncture, it would be very easy to make a few cheap political jokes ...
... but I'll resist; and simply welcome this clarification from the Minister and hope that those in power locally in Edinburgh will pay attention before they bring any future rationalisation plans back before the Council.