ATLIACA, Mexico (AP) — Protests by teachers in southern Mexico are creating an escalating showdown over national education reforms that President Enrique Pena Nieto hopes will build momentum toward more controversial changes.
Those include opening the state-owned oil company to greater investment and broadening Mexico's tax base.
Pena Nieto's first major legislative victory after taking office in December was a constitutional amendment eliminating Mexico's decades-old practice of buying and selling teaching jobs, and replacing it with a standardized national teaching test.
But many teachers have taken to the streets in protest, claiming the test is a plot to fire them in mass as a step toward privatizing education. Strikes have kept hundreds of thousands of children out of school and blocked a major highway at least three times.