Chile protest update

Despite talks between students and the government collapsing last week, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is moving forward on two education reform bills, according to the Santiago Times

One bill would transfer administration of schools to the federal level from the municipal - a win for the protesters. But the other would create a position to regulate for-profit higher education, something that students have demanded be eliminated all together.  

If the two pieces of legislation continue, it’s likely that they will add further fuel to the demonstrations that have been raging in the country, with tens of thousands of the students taking to the streets. 

As the Times wrote: “The move will likely further distance the Pinera administration from student leaders - who have been vigorously campaigning for education reform for over five months - considering that one of the students requirements to engage in dialogue was for the government to freeze its proposed bills concerning education, which were drafted without student or teacher input.”