The struggle to defend Public Education and the Creation of Alternatives – A hemispheric glance at 2012-

  • María Ramos Casiano IDEA Network


In much of the Americas, 2012 was a year of policies against public education and education workers, but also of a blossoming resistance by students and educators.

Many governments cut budgets for basic and higher education, leading to a reduction of the universities´ roles, tuition increases, the laying-off of workers, and a greater promotion of charter schools (schools run by private interests, but financed by tax payers). There were also systematic attacks against collective bargaining and unions, and an absence of bilateral negotiation in the work place; either through intransigence by management or legislation that stripped workers of their basic labor rights.