Independent schools in England are protesting about "too narrow" rules for charitable status - as two out of five test-case schools fail to qualify.
The loss of charitable status threatens tax benefits for independent schools.
The Independent Schools Council says the rulings rely too much on the number of bursaries, with fees likely to have to rise to fund subsidised places.
The Charity Commission says charities must "demonstrate how they bring real benefit to the public".
You'll note the very vague goal posts set by the Charity Commission -- "demonstrate how they bring real benefit to the public". Which basically means we'll decide whether we like you or not.
In addition as Fake Charities point out there are plenty of 'charities' that are just paid up Government mouth pieces. So quite how you can criticise private schools is beyond me.
The only explanation for this behaviour by the Government is control. They want complete control of the education system.
It can be seen in their policies against home educators. And it's clearly the driving force behind their independent schools policy.
The reasons for this should be obvious. It's because one of the greatest threats to the statist agenda comes from independent schools promoting independent thinking.