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Chilean students during a protest demanding educational reforms, Santiago, Chile, April 11, 2017, (NurPhoto photo by Mauricio Gomez).

Why Chile's Controversial Education Reforms Are Likely to Last

Friday, April 14, 2017

Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series about education policy in various countries around the world.

Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, has made education reform a central component of her strategy to combat inequality. But her approach has been a frequent source of controversy, and with a presidential election later this year, it is likely to become a central issue in the campaign. In an email interview, Kirsten Sehnbruch, director of the Institute of Public Policy at the Universidad Diego Portales, research associate of the Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion and affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge, describes what Bachelet's reforms have accomplished already and how they might figure in political debates leading up to the next presidential vote. ...

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