Michoacán teachers maintain their stand: no classes, rail blockades continue

10/18/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Members of the CNTE teachers union will maintain their rail blockades in Michoacán and won’t return to the classroom because the state government still owes salary payments dating back to August, union leaders said Sunday.

Gamaliel Guzmán, leader of Section 18 of the dissident union, said the Michoacán government has paid teachers for the first half of October and the second half of September but still owes wages corresponding to the first half of last month and all of August.

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Mexico pushes teachers’ vaccinations in effort to reopen schools

04/19/2021

Source: Vatican News

This decision has been taken by Mexico`s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who says teachers will be given the single dose Cansino Vaccine, to boost return to school, as the educational year in Mexico ends in July. Deputy Health Minister and Covid Tsar Hugo Lopez Gatell says three million teachers will be vaccinated in the coming month. Starting next week, teachers in the States of Tamaulipas, Nayarit, Coahuila, Veracruz and Chiapas will be vaccinated. The Ministry of Education says children will attend school on alternate days to keep class sizes down and distancing at a maximum.

With scant testing in Mexico, the Government estimates that more than two million people have been infected, while 320,000 have died, but simultaneously acknowledges that the real number is much higher. More than 13 million elderly people have already received the first vaccination of various types. But with a population in excess of 126 million, there`s still a very long way to go.

High Demand for Bilingual Schoolteachers Has Educators Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border

10/3/16 Fox News Latino

When 36-year-old Jan García from Monterrey, Mexico, went to study for a bachelor’s degree in education in Minnesota 15 years ago, she quickly realized that her professional future lay in the classroom.Yet her dream of teaching English to elementary school children in Mexico was complicated by the country’s highly-politicized public education system which refused to recognize her qualification.

Now, however, García sees a new route to fulfilling her dream. She is currently planning to study her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at a U.S. university and pay her way by teaching in the public school system where demand for Spanish-speaking educators is growing.

Why teachers have been occupying one of Mexico’s most alluring public spaces since May

07/25/16 Los Angeles Times

protest -- stroke -- resistanceWith its towering cathedral, stately trees and many cafes, the central plaza here usually exudes a sense of peace and elegance — a place to dine, reflect or listen to the marimba bands that perform on the ornate, wrought-iron bandstand.

But sit-ins, roadblocks and violence linked to Mexico’s roiling conflict between teachers and the federal government have cast a pall over Oaxaca City and the Guelaguetza, the signature annual celebration of the indigenous and mestizo heritage of this culturally rich state.

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Mexican government wants to tame disruptive teachers’ union

07/06/15 The Washington Post

They have seized public plazas and filled them with sprawling tent cities. They have burned government buildings and choked off a city’s gasoline supply. They have held marches and torched ballots and closed schools for weeks at a time.

Mexico’s rowdy public school teachers’ union — particularly the branch based in the southern state of Oaxaca — has long been a thorn in the government’s side, as it wages its battle against President Enrique Peña Nieto’s restructuring of the education system.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Wired, 10/15/2013

education - children poverty - EcuadorJosé Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point in the war on drugs. There are regular shoot-outs, and it’s not uncommon for locals to find bodies scattered in the street in the morning. To get to the school, students walk along a white dirt road that parallels a fetid canal. On a recent morning there was a 1940s-era tractor, a decaying boat in a ditch, and a herd of goats nibbling gray strands of grass. A cinder-block barrier separates the school from a wasteland—the far end of which is a mound of trash that grew so big, it was finally closed down. On most days, a rotten smell drifts through the cement-walled classrooms. Some people here call the school un lugar de castigo—“a place of punishment.”

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Mexico Teacher’s Union Shows Political Clout

school-crossingThe Wall Street Journal, 10/13/2013

Tens of thousands of teachers are scheduled to return to school on Monday after their nearly-two-month strike shut out almost 1.3 million children in Oaxaca, setting the stage for violent clashes with parents who pledged to block their return.

During the teachers’ absence, parents, with help from teachers from a nonstriking union, opened dozens of schools in the poor southern state of Oaxaca, including one here at Mitla, a town that draws many tourists to its imposing pre-Columbian ruins.

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The PRD Reform Proposal, Mexican Economy and Teachers’ protest – Weekly News Summary: August 23

coffee-by-flikr-user-samrevel1The 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…

This week, the debate on the Energy reform continued and the PRD presented its reform proposal. Last Monday the PRD presented its own energy reform proposal, which did not include constitutional changes or a greater role for private companies. The Proposal seeks to loosen the government’s stranglehold over revenues from Pemex, where approximately 70 percent of profits go to fund the federal budget. The main speaker during the presentation was Cuauhtémoc Cardenas who said Pemex should be more independent by removing Cabinet secretaries and the oil workers union from the Pemex board seats they now hold. In the same regard, this week in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Pemex’s CEO Emilio Lozoya announced the plans to set up a new company to explore and produce shale gas and deep-water oil in the U.S. as part of an ambitious strategy to turn around years of falling production. “The geology is similar and we can benefit from numerous areas of collaboration with international oil companies”, Lozoya said to the newspaper.

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Mexico, Where Teachers Take Hostages

education - school childrenThe Wall Street Journal, 5/12/2013

Mexican students studying to be teachers released a hostage on Wednesday—in the municipality of Nahuatzen—due to concerns about his health. But they continue to hold five others. The students are supported by the Michoacán State Teachers Organization, which warned that the remaining captives, who are state policemen, would be freed only when a demand for 1,200 new teaching jobs is met.

The Mexican standoff, now a week old, is only the latest example of a teacher-union rebellion against recent amendments to the Mexican constitution aimed at improving public education. Institutional Revolutionary Party President Enrique Peña Nieto has made it a priority to fix the broken public-education system. But eager reformers are often tested by politically powerful interests in their first year in office. The teachers believe they can make him back down.

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Teachers Are Rebelling Against the Government of Mexico

education - classroomABC News/Univision, 4/26/13

A Mexican teachers’ strike that began two months ago turned violent this week, with rebel “maestros” looting, burning and partially destroying the offices of Mexico’s three main political parties in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state. The looting started after a peaceful march in which teachers had gone to the Guerrero State Assembly to protest a local law, that reinforces the Mexican President’s plans for education reform.

President Enrique Peña Nieto wants to improve Mexico’s weak education system by obliging teachers in Guerrero and elsewhere to take standardized tests in order to keep their jobs. His national education law would also put the government in charge of hiring teachers, a process that is currently controlled by teachers unions.

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