LAT – Mexican officials have announced $10 million in new funding to support binational research projects on energy efficiency with the University of California. The money, announced after Mexican energy officials met with UC President Janet Napolitano, will go to projects led by Mexican research institutions in collaboration with UC researchers.
Huff Post – A team of black and Latin fourth graders became the target of racism during a robotics competition in Indiana, but they didn’t let that stop them from going to the world championships.
San Diego U-T – While President Trump has not yet moved to deport students who are unauthorized immigrants, Mexican education officials already are preparing for it. “We don’t know how many may come,” Rodrigo Guerra-Botrello, the second secretary general the Mexican Federation of Private Institutions of Higher Education, said about a possible influx of students from the north.
Al Jazeera – According to the OECD, Mexico is the country in the organisation with the third-largest number of young people who do not study nor work. Eight out of 100 Mexican children who enroll in elementary school do not show up for classes. While barely 50 complete middle school, only 20 graduate from high school, and only two become graduate students. Mexico spends only 3.7 percent of its GDP on schools – the result is a very traditional system and falling standards.
Business Wire – Wizeline, the leading provider of digital product and customer experience solutions powered by artificial intelligence, announced the launch of Wizeline Artificial Intelligence Academy, or Wizeline AI Academy in Guadalajara.
EFE – Teachers opposed to the government’s education reforms resumed blocking roads Tuesday in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, where public schools remain closed.
EFE – Members of the militant CNTE teachers’ union have ended their week-long blockade of the freight rail network in the western Mexican state of Michoacan The educators ended their shutdown of the rail network operated by Kansas City Southern de Mexico after resuming talks with the Government Secretariat.
EFE – Mexico’s No. 2 official said the government had resumed talks with the militant CNTE teachers union and proposed negotiations on the country’s current educational model. Miguel Angel Osorio Chang said that in recent days the government had responded to the CNTE’s roadblocks and other protest measures by both seeking to defuse the situation and ensure the right to demonstrate while also safeguarding the rights of all Mexicans. He said that approach had led to the resumption of dialogue.
By Azam Ahmed and Kirk Semple / New York Times
The battle over education in Mexico has suddenly turned literal.
Violent protests have claimed the lives of at least nine people in little more than a week, littered the roads with the charred remains of cargo trucks, and tapped a deep vein of anger and mistrust toward the government.
After government forces clashed with demonstrators in the town of Nochixtlán last week, the protest movement appears to have gained steam, plunging President Enrique Peña Nieto’s signature education changes deeper into controversy.
In recent days, thousands of students in Oaxaca have joined their teachers in the streets for the first time to rail against the government, and many adults once ambivalent about the teachers’ cries of injustice have also taken up the cause.
The violence touched a raw nerve in Oaxaca, which, despite a thriving tourism industry, is one of the poorest and most volatile states in the country. The government’s response to the protests has amplified a belief that the education reforms are just the latest effort by Mexico City to marginalize the people here and deprive them of their rights and dignity.
In most of the country, the president’s push to revamp the schools has found broad acceptance. Government officials and supporters of the overhaul point out that the resistance has been almost entirely concentrated in four southern states, especially Oaxaca, and involves only a small fraction of the nation’s education employees.
It has long been one of the worst-performing public education systems of the world’s largest economic powers. According to a January 2015 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mexico’s academic achievement ranked last among the group’s 34 member states.
TeleSur – Teachers from the CNTE union have pledged to increase their protest actions after the government arrested several of their leaders. Renato Sales Heredia, national security commissioner, stated that the government will use force to repress mobilizations by striking teachers and their sympathizers.
WSJ – Mexican authorities on Sunday detained Rubén Núñez, the leader of a dissident teachers group in the southern state of Oaxaca, the stronghold of teachers opposed to the education overhaul implemented by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
AFP – Mexico’s government will fire more than 3,300 teachers who skipped evaluations under a controversial education reform that has sparked protest in the country’s poorest states.
Noticias MVS – In 2012, about 50 percent of students in Mexico showed a poor performance in subjects such as math, reading and science, which means that at least 456,000 students have low education, stressed the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
TeleSur – The National Regeneration Movement, or Morena party, has inaugurated the first of eight universities it plans to open in the municipalities and towns it governs in Mexico.
TeleSur -Video footage was released Wednesday showing the violent clashes that broke out between police and teachers in Chiapas Tuesday—which left at least one teacher dead and six arrested.
Sentido Comun – Mexico’s government managed to collect 8,542.2 million pesos ($512.7 million) by issuing a new financial instrument that will allow it to meet the multiple needs of nearly 33,000 schools across the country in the next three years.
Dario – Between 8,000 and 10,000 members of the Federal Police will arrive in Oaxaca in the coming days to monitor the implementation of teacher evaluations next weekend.
The Mexican government ranks last in annual spending per student among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, according to a new report made public on Tuesday.
The OECD report, “Education at a Glance 2015,” also revealed that Mexico spends less then $4,000 per student compared to the OECD average of around $10,000.
The findings come despite seeing an increase in investment towards education as a percentage of the country’s GDP, which rose from 4.4 percent in 2000 to 5.2 percent in 2012.
The OECD survey went on to warn that inequalities in education produce serious consequences as on economic and social inequalities due to “its strong links to employment, earnings, overall wealth and the well-being of individuals.”
EFE – Four leaders of the teachers union in Oaxaca were arrested and charged with violating federal laws during the protests against the national education reforms, the Attorney General’s Office said.
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Bank of America will serve as the underwriters for Mexico’s education infrastructure bonds, as President Enrique Pena Nieto targets raising 50 billion pesos ($3 billion) through 2018 to improve underdeveloped or crumbling schools, largely in the poorer south.