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Wednesday, March 20 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Public Education in Puerto Rico: The Plan to Privatize Public Schools and How Communities are Fighting Back

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Puerto Rico has been fighting and winning against the intentions of the government to privatize schools in Puerto Rico for the past 29 years. Vouchers, intended to subsidize private entities with public funds, were declared unconstitutional. However, Law 85, approved in March 2018, seeks to dismantle public education and privatize 10% of its current public schools on the island. Teachers, parents, and students have joined forces to fight back and prevent this from happening and to save public schools. Listen to Mercedes Martínez, President of the Puerto Rico Teachers Federation, narrate the events occurring on the island and how teachers are playing a major role.

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Mercedes Martínez

President, Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico
Mercedes Martínez, mother of 3, has been the President of the Teachers Federation from Puerto Rico since 2015. She is an ESL teacher, graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, who has been in the union as an active member since 2005. In 2008 she participated with thousands of... Read More →

Wednesday March 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Long Beach Convention Center - 101B