Teachers’ unions despise competition the world over, including in the UK where they oppose charter-like “free schools”
Free schools are state schools that are outside of local authority networks and which are set up by groups such as academy trusts, charities, parents and community groups. There are now about 800 free schools either open or in the pipeline. The NUT (National Union of Teachers) said the £138.5m on the closed or unopened schools would have paid for 3,680 teachers for a year. Ministers are accused of wasting millions on cancelled or closed free schools.