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Clashes as teachers face off with authorities in Chile

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 00:47

Clashes erupt as teachers take to the streets in Chile over government sponsored education reform initiatives they say are insufficient. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Clashes erupted in downtown Santiago on Wednesday (June 24) when angry teachers faced off with authorities, demanding a greater say in an education overhaul in the South American country. The upheaval comes as President Michelle Bachelet looks to bolster teacher pay and conditions, bring public schools under national jurisdiction, and make university education free. Dozens of teachers blocked streets in front of the Education Ministry for nearly 30 minutes, local media reported. Police used water cannon to try to disperse the crowds. Teachers continued to block streets while chanting: "We're putting down our markers, we do not educate political thieves!" Earlier this year, Chile's Congress approved the first batch of Bachelet's education reform which includes an end to profits at state-subsidized schools and eliminates their selective entrance policies.

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Clashes as teachers face off with authorities in Chile

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 00:47