Puerto Rico’s gov seeks charter schools, raises for teachers

Source: Danica Coto, Associated Press, February 5, 2018
 
Puerto Rico’s governor announced Monday that he will push to create charter schools and vouchers and give all public school teachers their first raise in a decade as part of a plan to transform the U.S. territory’s education system.  Gov. Ricardo Rossello said he will submit proposed legislation Tuesday that also would strengthen vocational schools, allow parents to have more freedom in choosing a child’s school and create an island-wide bilingual model that prioritizes subjects including math and science. … Rossello said his new public policy aims to decentralize the Department of Education in part to increase accountability and ensure that 70 percent of the budget reaches schools. In addition to implementing charter schools, he said the educational voucher program will start in the 2019-2020 school year. Rossello’s party has the majority in both the island’s House and Senate, and several legislators said they would support his proposal. But critics called the plan a first step in privatizing the education system just days after Rossello announced he aims to privatize Puerto Rico’s power company. …