Now we know why Mexico needed public education 'reformas'

Silvio Canto, Jr.
Last year, President Pena-Nieto tackled the very powerful public teachers' union as the Mexican Congress passed reforms.  It was a tough task, as any resident of Mexico City will tell you.  The teachers' union leaders blocked streets and created a first rate "commuting mess" in a city that already had serious traffic problems. Yesterday, a "census" or review confirmed the wisdom of the "reforms": "Mexican officials say the first census of the country’s education system found at least a third of public schools have infrastructure problems and there are thousands of school workers who can’t be identified.   The census taken last year at public pre-schools, elementary and middle schools and made public Monday said 41 percent of Mexico’s 207,682 schools have no sewage system and 31 percent have no potable water.    An education reform bill approved last year allowed the...(Read Full Post)

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