April 8, 2018

Puerto Rico to close a quarter of its public schools

Alternet -Puerto Rico's Education Department said  hat 283 schools would close by the start of the new school year, leaving open just 828.

The announcement of which schools would be closed follows Gov. Ricardo Rossello signing into law controversial education "reform" legislation that will include charter schools at 10 percent of the island's schools and private school vouchers for 3 percent of its students. It also comes on the heels of Jose Carrion, the chairman of the unelected board overseeing the debt-burdened island's finances, declaring, "Broad and deep reforms are vital to Puerto Rico's future."

The Puerto Rico Teachers Association (Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico) immediately denounced the announcement.

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