As Puerto Rico’s Schools Continue Recovery, Controversy Ramps Up
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As Puerto Rico’s Schools Continue Recovery, Controversy Ramps Up


(percussion music) – This is a teacher protest. These teachers are with the Federacion de Maestros de Puerto Rico. (yells in foreign language) – [Andrew] They are
protesting what they say are the Secretary of
Education’s plans to first crush and then privatize the
island’s public schools. (chants in foreign language) (cheering in foreign language) – The Secretary of
Education Julia Keleher says these changes are necessary
to improve what she says has been a system that has
struggled for a long time. (chanting in foreign language) – [Andrew] But these teachers behind me, they say they’re missing
books in their classrooms. A lot of the teachers who are supposed to be working at the schools at the start of the school year have not arrived, and they think it’s
time to get Keleher out and change government policies to make them friendlier to teachers, especially those who have
been teaching a long time. (chanting in foreign language) – [Andrew] They think that
the policies being instituted nearly one year after Hurricane Maria are going to damage the students, teachers, and the schools long term.

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