"Elected police and crime commissioners should be given the power to set up their own free schools to support `troubled children`, Theresa May has announced." [There`s no definition of troubled child or how that`s determined.]
"The move will be part of a major expansion of the powers of police and crime commissioners into the areas of youth justice, probation and court services to be proposed after their second set of elections take place in May." [Integrated services ?]
"The home secretary said that the next set of PCCs should `bring together the two great reforms of the last parliament – police reform and school reform` to set up or work with `alternative provision of free schools to support troubled children and prevent them falling into a life of crime`."
"May cited the example being pioneered by Adam Simmonds, the Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner, who is to open a 1,200-strong free school with a `crime specific curriculum` this September on the site of the county’s police headquarters at Wooton Hall."
"The Conservative politician told the Guardian that his free school was an `early intervention` initiative that would not just take `troubled children` but `young people on the cusp of crime or interested in joining the police`..." [This early pre-crime intervention is not only unjust, but bizarre.]
"Sara Ogilvie, policy officer for human rights group Liberty, said: `If this wasn’t a speech by a senior government minister, you would think it was satire. Tasking police and crime commissioners to set up and run schools is a surefire way to estrange troubled children and fast-track them into the criminal justice system. Mixing police reform and school reform is a chilling distraction from the failure of the PCC project.`"