Chile’s Bachelet Tacks Center to Pursue Needed Reform at Home

Thousands of high school students march to protest education reform, Santiago, Chile, June 11, 2014 (Photo by Pablo Rojas Madariaga/NurPhoto/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images).
Thousands of high school students march to protest education reform, Santiago, Chile, June 11, 2014 (Photo by Pablo Rojas Madariaga/NurPhoto/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images).
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Eyebrows arched in Chile at the end of July when President Michelle Bachelet canceled her participation in a summit of MERCOSUR leaders in Caracas, Venezuela, to focus on her domestic agenda. Critics suggested this was because her signature education reforms are in trouble. The Chilean president was elected for a second time at the end of 2013 and inaugurated in March with a mandate for overhauling the country’s education system, and she has moved quickly to introduce the first phase of a process that will ultimately lead to universal free higher education by 2020. Students have been a well-organized and […]

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