Pres­i­dent pro­poses ed­u­ca­tion re­form

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

Pres­i­dent En­rique Peña Ni­eto is propos­ing sweep­ing re­forms to a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem widely seen as mori­bund, tak­ing on an iron-fisted union leader who is con- sidered the coun­try’s most pow­er­ful woman and the main ob­sta­cle to change. The plan, with multi-party sup­port, moves much of the con­trol of the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem to the fed­eral government from the 1.5 mil­lion-mem­ber Na­tional Union of Ed­u­ca­tion Work­ers, led for 23 years by union Pres­i­dent Elba Es­ther Gordillo, who un­der cur­rent law hires and fires teach­ers and has been ac­cused of us­ing union funds as her per­sonal pocket book.

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