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Overwhelming Mexican Educational Reform Signed into Law

Posted: Mar. 6th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

In what may very well be a complete reversal of current practices, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law sweeping reforms to Mexico's educational system from the capital in Mexico City. The move isn't universally well received, however, for it is also expected to dramatically weaken the nation's powerful teachers union – a consequence whose impact is up for debate.

President Enrique Pena Nieto signed Mexico's most sweeping education reform in seven decades into law Monday, seeking to change a system in which teaching positions could be sold or inherited, and no official census of schools, teachers and students was ever carried out.


The legislation, which is widely expected to weaken Mexico's powerful teachers' union, was approved earlier by congress and the majority of state legislatures. The reform was a plank of a pact signed between Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party and the two main opposition parties


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