Teachers, Students & Protests – Weekly News Summary: April 26

April 26, 2013

Coffee by Flikr user samrevelThe Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.

What the English-language press had to say…

The much lauded Pacto por México was put to the test following the release of an audio recording in which PRI officials are heard discussing how to benefit electorally from a government anti-poverty program. The Los Angeles Times called it “the most serious political crisis of [Peña Nieto’s] young government.” Plans to announce a new reform to Mexico’s banks were postponed as Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong convened an emergency meeting with party leaders.

A small group of masked individuals seized the rectory building inside UNAM’s campus in Mexico City, protesting the expulsion weeks earlier of five students from one of the university’s preparatory high schools who were accused of vandalism. Meanwhile, members of the teachers’ union in Guerrero attacked the local offices of the four major political parties, setting the office of the ruling party, the PRI, on fire. The states of Oaxaca and Michoacán also experienced unrest.

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: Immigration and the knowledge economy

April 11, 2013

shutterstock_52513291The Washington Post, 4/10/201

Earlier this year I started teaching a class on entrepreneurship at an after-school program in my community. The middle-school students put together business plans, made their products and even got an opportunity to sell them.

One day I asked my students what they thought about going to college. One of my top aspiring entrepreneurs told me he wasn’t sure that he’d be able to go to college because he’s undocumented. His family is from Mexico, and they moved here when he was a baby. Many students in my community are in the same situation; they moved to the United States so early in their lives that they have no memories of living anywhere else.

These students are smart and hardworking, and they should be part of our future

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Mexico ranks 9th as source countries for international students in U.S. universities – #MexFacts

March 21, 2013

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Declining Interest In ‘Chicano Studies’ Reflects A Latino Identify Shift

March 11, 2013

Books by Flikr user Rodrigo GalindezKPBS, 3/6/2013

On the campus of San Diego State University recently, Sandy Chavez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, said, without hesitation, that she thinks of herself primarily as American.

Yes, she is Latina, of Mexican heritage. She’s visited family in Mexico, and on weekends as a child she woke up to her parents playing Mexican music on the stereo. But she’s never described herself principally as Mexican or Latina, much less Chicana, a term preferred by many young Mexican-Americans in the 1960s and 70s.

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UT Austin’s Professional Development Center partners with Mexico’s Escuela de Mercadotecnia to offer Digital Marketing program

March 1, 2013

typing on computer keyboarde-Releases, 2/28/2013

The Professional Development Center (UT-PDC) at The University of Texas at Austin proudly announces a new partnership with Mexico’s Escuela De Mercadotecnia (EDEM) to offer a new Digital Marketing Certificate Program for marketing professionals working in Mexico. The program consists of five short courses covering a range of digital marketing topics such as social media, branding and mobile platforms. The first four courses take place at EDEM’s Mexico City campus while the final course offers students an opportunity to travel to Austin for instruction on the University’s main campus.

“The adoption of new technologies has changed our enterprise culture around the world,” says program instructor Alejandro Castaneda Gutierrez. “Professionals must respond to new technology in all areas of their corporate operations: personnel, equipment, directives and structures. In this program, we will cover how companies in Mexico can seamlessly incorporate digital marketing in their business plans to compete in a global economy.”

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Lags in teaching quality

February 1, 2013


El Norte, 2/1/2013

According to the  IDEI (Inclusive Education Performance Index) report, most elementary and middle school teachers in Mexico lack the skills needed to provide quality education for their students.

Based on data from the National Exams for Teachers in Service (ENAM) and Universal Assessment, the agency argues that less than 30 percent of elementary school teachers and less than 5 percent middle school teachers  approved assessments in the last four years.

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Teachers announce a protest against the educational reform (Spanish)

January 28, 2013


Milenio, 1/27/2013

Members of the Democratic National Executive Committee of  SNTE oppose the proposed educational and labor reform. As a result, they will be organizing mobilizations and manifestations against the amendments at the end of this month in Mexico D.F.

They will also recur to legal resources  because they believe that the reform presents a direct violation to workers and students’  human rights.

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A College Lifts a Hurdle for Illegal Immigrants

August 20, 2012

The New York Times, 8/18/12

Monday is the first day of the school year for Metropolitan State University of Denver, a compact, urban campus in the heart of the city’s downtown.

It also signifies the dawn of a controversial new policy for this institution of 24,000. Among the crowd of students who will show up for class next week are dozens of illegal immigrants who, as part of a specially tailored tuition rate, can now qualify for a reduced fee if they live in Colorado.

The new rate, approved by the university’s board of trustees in June, has garnered praise from immigrant rights advocates here who have tried for years to get legislation passed that would allow state colleges to offer discounted tuition to local, illegal immigrant students.

But the policy has also drawn the ire of conservatives who are threatening to sue the university to keep the rate from being put in place and have accused Metro State of openly defying Colorado law.

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Young Illegal Immigrants Seek To Avoid Deportation

August 15, 2012

NPR, 8/15/12

Young people brought to the U.S. illegally began applying for a deportation deferral and a two-year work permit on Wednesday. It’s the boldest immigration program yet by the Obama administration — putting into effect elements of the so-called DREAM Act even though it has not passed Congress…

The program is aimed at undocumented young people in school, those who’ve graduated and those who served in the military. Anyone with a criminal record is barred from applying. There’s a $465 fee, which is supposed to pay for the program, and there’s a lot of paperwork.

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Students Press for Action on Immigration

May 31, 2012

New York Times, 5/30/2012

Young illegal immigrants, saying President Obama has done little to diminish the threat of deportations they face despite repeated promises, have started a campaign to press him to use executive powers to allow them to remain legally in the country.

This week student leaders presented White House officials with a letter signed by more than 90 immigration law professors who argued that the president has “clear executive authority” to halt deportations of illegal immigrants who might benefit from the student legislation. The professors, from universities across the country, pointed to several measures the president could take under existing laws to defer deportations and permit young immigrants to stay temporarily.

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