Education Secretary John Swinney is under fresh pressure to abandon the roll-out of expensive and unwanted regional education boards after an opinion poll commissioned by the Scottish Greens showed 7 out of 10 Scots would prefer investment in teaching staff to governance reforms.
It follows last month's shelving of the government's flagship Education Bill in the face of criticism from teachers, unions, parents and Holyrood’s four opposition parties.
People are being encouraged to send a message to the new Cabinet Secretary for Transport after a well-attended public meeting in Milngavie last week (25 June) saw Green MSP Ross Greer launch his report calling for the line to Milngavie to be re-dualled.
Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (26 June) described Education Secretary John Swinney as "humiliated" after the deputy first minister announced that he would be shelving his much-criticised Education Bill proposals.
Greens have been consistent opponents of the SNP's proposed changes of school governance, a view shared by teachers, unions, parents, councils and education experts, when the real issue facing Scottish education is lack of resources and loss of teaching and support staff.
Refugees living in Scotland are set to be given the right to vote after MSPs backed a Green proposal for voting to become an “important component of integration into Scottish society”.
When enacted, the amendment from the World Refugee Day debate at Holyrood will see refugees and asylum seekers who are legally resident in Scotland given the ability to vote in all elections and referendums.
“For me, independence is about autonomy, allowing Scotland to meet success and failure on its own merit and not point an embittered finger of blame at anyone else”. These aren’t the words of a dyed-in-the-wool independence supporter, but rather a very recent convert who is no longer able to “tolerate a Tory government prepared to treat devolution with blatant contempt”.
You might recognise these welcome and salient words from the brilliant news yesterday that the former Daily Record editor, Murray Foote will back independence the next time we are asked the question.
Independence will provide Scotland with the opportunity to match the “progressive economic, social and environmental policies” of successful similarly-sized countries, contrasting with the decline of post-Brexit Britain, say the Scottish Greens.
However, Patrick Harvie also used the finance and constitution debate at Holyrood to warn that “growth economics”, which he says dominates the economic analysis in the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission report, is not sustainable in a “finite world” with a “fragile ecosystem already under extreme pressure”.
Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (23 May) welcomed confirmation from Scottish Ministers that they agree with the Greens' call for new powers over who can vote in elections to be used to extend the franchise to refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland.
Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (23 May) took the Deputy First Minister to task over the crisis in Additional Support Needs in schools and the Scottish Government’s evasive response.
Data recently published by Mr Greer shows that since 2010 the number of specialist ASN teachers has fallen from one for every eighteen pupils to one for every fifty-five.
Ross Greer MSP, Culture & Media spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (17 May) branded a Scottish Government scheme aimed at promoting fair work practices a joke in light of the jobs cuts at STV.
The broadcaster is one of 450 signatories to the Scottish Government's Business Pledge scheme, which encourages the living wage, an end to zero hour contracts and creating opportunities for young people.