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August 22, 2013

Mexico's teachers strike

While their teachers are protesting, more than a million kids are out of school.

Members of the National Workers of Education Coordinator (CNTE) protest violently against educational reforms in the street across from Congress in Mexico City, Mexico on 20 August 2013. (EPA/STR)

The school year has started in Mexico, but more than one million students are unable to attend classes this week because thousands of educators are on strike in Oaxaca, Mexico. On Wednesday, protesters, many of them part of Mexico's teachers union Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), took to the streets in Mexico City to prevent Congress from entering their chambers. This left officials to hold their special session on education reform at another location. Demonstrators are demanding that Congress stop discussing reforms like teacher evaluations as solutions to the country's broken education system.