Following up from this morning’s story about Manchester City Council failing to meet a deadline to respond to a request for information about its cstance on the climate strikes, comes this: Parents of children who are taking part in these strikes are asking their councillors their position. Whether you are a parent or not, I urge you to contact your councillors. You can find out who they are here.
After the two (excellent!) letters, both published with the permission of their authors., I publish the text of a Freedom of Information Act request sent this morning to Chorlton High School.
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and cc’d in these firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.comWe are getting in touch as we would like Manchester Council to follow Edinburgh Councils lead in supporting our children to strike school this friday by authorising their absence and not threatening to penalise parents if their children wish to strike. See here the article demonstrating how Edinburgh is supporting the school strikes .We have been told by my daughters’ school, Chorlton High that they are not able to authorise her absence this Friday for the strike and that any potential further unauthorised absences (strikes) will result in a penalty fine.We are facing a climate emergency and as Cllr Mary Campbell from Edinburgh stated ‘the future will depend on how willing we all are to listen to children and young people whose futures are most at risk, versus some politicians or vested interests who want to delay or do nothing.’As a city that prides itself on revolutionary change and having recently witnessed the celebrations and tributes to Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragette movement I believe the city council needs to show our city’s children that we truly respect and honour their voice and support their right to demonstrate in the face of a climate emergency.We are urging Manchester City Council to authorise absence if children wish to strike and leave school premises if the parents will be responsible for the child or young person for safe guarding purposes. Furthermore promise not to penalise the parents of children who strike school in protest at our governments lack of action on climate change.Our government needs to be reminded that these young peoples futures are at stake.Adults have let them down. They should not need to take this course of action but this is the only way our children can collectively make their feelings known.Around the world children and young people feel they must and we should be proud of our city’s children who want to be part of this protest.
I am writing to ask you as my councillors what your position(s) are on the climate strikes?Manchester Council has taken an aggressive approach by contacting all the schools to tell them not to authorise absence for attending the climate strike. Now Chorlton High is following your lead by threatening parents with fines.Today the news includes the story that in 25 years Britain might well run out of water. It is morally wrong to stand in the way of these children and young people fighting for their futures. They face destruction, death and horror. They need to know that we were all fighting too, not standing in their way.I would very much appreciate a response as to your views on this matter and ideas about what could be done to move to a supportive position such as Edinburgh have.RegardsRose Arnold
Dear Sir/Madam,I am writing to request the following information
- Copies of all correspondence between Chorlton High School and Manchester City Council concerning the “School Strikes” that took place on February 15th and March 15th, up to March 18th 2019.
- The responses sent to parents who enquired about the school strike (obviously with any specific information that would identify either parent or student redacted!!)
- Copies of all memos/emails sent to teachers who enquired to the Head/Management Team (obviously with anything that would identify individual teachers or students redacted)
- Copies of all advice sent ‘in general’ to parents about the school strikes, up to and including March 18th 2019Please consider this a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000