06/16/15 Associated Press
MEXICO CITY — Mexico on Monday enacted a measure meant to help hundreds of thousands of young migrants who have returned from the United States, dropping a requirement that they provide government-certified, translated copies of foreign school records in order to study in Mexico.
Mexico had required records be certified with a seal known as an apostille and be translated by a certified translator in Mexico.
The costly and cumbersome process had discouraged hundreds of thousands of returning migrant children from going to school in Mexico, or meant they could only audit courses without official recognition. Hundreds of thousands of children have returned to Mexico, mainly from the United States, after their parents were deported or chose to return.
6/3/15 NBC News
It has been almost six years since the deadly day care fire in Hermosillo, Mexico that took 49 children’s lives and left another 100 injured. Actors and actresses have volunteered their voices to the families of the children and activists, and a new video this week has been released in hopes of raising awareness of the tragedy, which has gone unsolved.
6/2/15 Financial Times
The Mexican government’s decision to bow to pressure from a dissident teachers’ union ahead of midterm elections that the president admits are a referendum on his rule is a political gamble that could undermine, not boost, its battered credibility.
The education ministry made the surprise announcement on Friday that it was putting teacher testing — a key pillar of the government’s much-vaunted education reform, as well as a constitutional requirement — on ice indefinitely. “This is a government that is terrified of the short term,” said Carlos Elizondo, a political analyst. “It is a sign of weakness.”
The SNTE teachers’ union, the largest in Latin America, is backing the reforms, and running ad campaigns praising ordinary teachers for their commitment and professionalism under the slogan “these are the teachers we should be talking about”. The CNTE teachers’ union, by contrast, makes headlines for its belligerent tactics, strikes and marches.
6/1/15 Wall Street Journal
TLAPA, Mexico—Members of a dissident teachers’ group went on indefinite strike in Mexico, vandalizing government offices, torching electoral documents and leaving at least a million children without classes, in an effort to halt an education overhaul and disrupt coming federal midterm elections.
The action Monday by the National Coordinator of Educational Workers—a branch of the national teachers union that is strong in the country’s poorest states—and the possibility of further disruptions ahead of Sunday’s vote pose a growing challenge to the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
09/15/14 Fox News Latino
KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) – In one classroom monitored by security cameras, third- and fourth-graders read in Spanish from a short story about mice. In another, an algebra teacher reminds high school students to always fully distribute both sides of an equation before solving it. On an artificial turf soccer field in the courtyard, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are in the midst of a raucous kickball game — ignoring the high walls and surrounding 15-foot gate. For about 200 immigrant children who fled to the United States with their mothers mostly from Central America it is another school day, except that they are housed in a federal immigration prison and all the residents risk being deported.
09/14/14 Fox News Latino
Mexico’s educational system faces a funding gap of up to $3.96 billion annually due to problems and omissions detected in the sector’s recent census, the report’s author, Marco Fernandez, told Efe. The report, which was released by the Mexico Evalua public policy think tank, found that the educational system’s funding gap ranges from an optimistic estimate of 16 billion pesos ($1.23 billion) to a worst-case scenario of 51.48 billion pesos ($3.96 billion), or the equivalent of 13.6 percent of the national education budget.