Public-private education in debatecase
The City of Paris announced this Friday, February 9 that it had asked the State to deregister the private establishment, in turmoil since the publication of a damning report, unless the school complies with the laws relating to the fight against discrimination.
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra’s 28 short days at National Education have provoked their share of controversies. Some of which are still not suffocated by his departure from rue de Grenelle. This Friday, February 9, the Paris town hall asked the State for “deconventionalization” of the Stanislas private school, a structure at the heart of the turmoil, unless the Catholic establishment “does not comply with the recommendations” of an official report stating “drifts”.
In a text adopted this Friday, February 9, the Parisian municipal assembly with a left-wing majority “requests from the Ministry of National Education the deconvention of the Stanislas private establishment, unless the establishment comes into compliance with the recommendations made in the report of the General Inspectorate, and with the laws relating to the fight against discrimination, including sexism and homophobia”.
Survey of private establishments under contract
In this symbolic text initiated by the communists and amended by the executive, the town hall requests that Stanislas “respect freedom of conscience” students. The Council of Paris also urges the rectorate to carry out “an exhaustive survey of private educational establishments under contract, in order to verify the conformity of their practices with the Education Code and respect for republican values”.
After publication by Mediapart from a National Education report revealing “deviations in the application of the association contract” with the State within Stanislas, such as the obligation to take catechism classes, the City of Paris, both municipality and department, had announced that it was temporarily suspending its funding. For the 2022-2023 school year, this amounted to a total of 1.3 million euros combining the nursery (115 students), elementary (368) and middle school (1,329) sections of this establishment located in the very wealthy 6th arrondissement.
A decision “purely illegal” because “these subsidies are simply obligatory”denounced right-wing opposition MP Inès de Raguenel. “This relentlessness cannot hide a form of detestation towards a model based on excellence”she added. “It is not written anywhere that local authorities must be blind financiers”replied the deputy (PS) for Education Patrick Bloche, asking “Stanislas’s respect for the law […]no more no less”. The elected communist Jean-Noël Aqua, for his part, denounced a “damning report”.
The position of the town hall, led by the left, differs from that of the Ile-de-France region led by the right, whose president Valérie Pécresse has maintained its compulsory funding for the Stanislas high school despite the “shortcomings” mentioned in the report.