education

Left out of private school talks

The issue of private schools is to be discussed across the political divides - but not including the Left party.

There will be meetings between the Education Minister Jan Björklund and representatives from the Social Democrat and Green parties.

Most parties in Sweden are positive about state-supported but privately run schools - known as free schools - with the main debate being over whether such schools should be allowed to pay out profits to investors.

Mikael Damberg, education spokesperson for the Social Democrats, says to Swedish radio news that it would have been good of all three parties has been invited, but that what is important now is to discuss how tax payer's money will be used.

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