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Chile president sends education reform to Congress

Chile's Bachelet sends education reform to Congress following street protests demanding change

Chile president sends education reform to Congress

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's president is sending her promised education reform package to Congress.

Michelle Bachelet's proposals include ending state subsidies to for-profit schools as well as selective entrance policies for students that begin in kindergarten.

Bachelet plans to partly finance her education reform by increasing corporate taxes gradually by 5 percent to raise some 8.2 billion. The tax bill was approved by the lower house last week and will now be debated by the Senate.

Bachelet said Monday she is answering the call of millions of students who have staged massive protests since 2011 demanding deep changes to an educational system that fails them with poor quality public schools and expensive private universities.

Updated : 2021-05-15 22:17 GMT+08:00