It had never happened until now. In the 22 years it has been in charge of Education, the Community of Madrid has never seen it necessary to approve its own educational law, as other communities have done, until now.
The Master Law Project on Freedom of Educational Choice had already been studied and reported in the Plenary of the Madrid School Council on April 9. But it has not been until now that it has begun to take shape. In fact, it is with this norm that Isabel Díaz Ayuso intends to “shield” concerted and special education in the region and thus boycott the Organic Law of Modification of the LOE (LOMLOE), known as the “Celaá Law”.
The regional executive considers that this state regulation will guarantee an educational system in accordance with the Constitution and with the freedom of parents to choose the education they deem appropriate. Ana Villán, vice-secretary of Sectorial of the PP of Madrid pointed out that “in the face of the attacks” of the president of the central Executive, Pedro Sánchez, “we guarantee equal opportunities and endorse the right to receive the teachings in Spanish.”
Despite the amendments presented by the leftist groups, the Madrid Assembly continues with the established plan and is one step away from facing its first parliamentary procedure until it reaches the plenary session again, predictably next December, to its possible final approval.
The PP will need at least the abstention of VOX to carry out this law , although the far-right formation has already warned that its support would not be gratuitous. However, Ayuso remains firm by rejecting the demands of this party that intends to incorporate the parental veto or introduce Spanish flags in the classrooms. The left, for its part, criticizes a norm that it believes arises from the segregation of students and undermines public education.
This law raises several measures that go in the opposite direction to the LOMLOE. Thus, it specifies that students “have the right to a school place supported with public funds”, which includes going to the concerted one. In addition, the Celaá Law establishes that students with special educational needs will be distributed equitably throughout the network supported with public funds, which includes private schools. Ayuso will eliminate this requirement and indicates that the schooling of these students can be guaranteed taking into account the offer of school places. Madrid has more students with special educational needs enrolled in public schools than the national average (3.3% per classroom compared to 3%).
It is expected that this Law will come into force throughout this next academic year 2021/2022. More specifically, it will be applied in educational centers supported with public funds so that more than 1.2 million students will benefit from it. Currently, 54.5% of students in this region are enrolled in public schools , while 29.6% do so in concerted schools and 15.9% in private schools, according to the regional executive.
“Pure propaganda”. This is how CCOO refers to this rule directed by Ayuso. This union denounces that it has a propaganda bias when referring to the vehicular language in Spanish, believes that it does not guarantee budgets for educational personnel and limits itself to leaving open doors to expand concerts with private education without guaranteeing free choice. However, they were not the only ones who criticized that law. UGT and FAPA Giner de los Ríos also requested in the Plenary of the School Council the filing of the draft bill, observing a “clear propaganda bias.”
They are dissatisfied with the role of special education, pointing out that the Diaz Ayuso government’s interest in this issue is the desire to promote concerts also in special education centers. Therefore, it violates the right to inclusive education by going against the UN, which states that the course to be followed by comprehensive education in Spain is the path of integration, quite the opposite of what this rule intends in the Community of Madrid. .
From ANPE they are at the same point when “considering that it is a strange law with marked electoral political overtones, that does not bring great changes and its main content focuses on special education, when not even the title reflects it.”
ACADE has also expressed its disagreement with the fact that the norm “does not contemplate all the options of choice that currently exist in the educational system.” Finally, they request “to implement formulas for direct implantation and support for families.”