How Mexico's courageous education reforms could affect Texas

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A long era of corruption-fueled dysfunction in Mexico may slowly be drawing to a close. The Mexican legislature last week summoned a special kind of courage to defy one of the most powerful vestiges of old-style machine politics: the national teachers unions.

Both the Mexican Senate and lower house, by overwhelming majorities, approved a package of education reforms aimed at boosting standards and better preparing students to compete in the workplace. More important, the reforms remove from union bosses’ control the ability to sell classroom jobs and divert public money into the hands of corrupt individuals, including drug lords.

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