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Indonesia: Constitutional Court Rules Against International-Standard Schools

(Jan. 11, 2013) On January 8, 2013, <?Indonesia's Constitutional Court determined that existing international standard pilot-project schools (known as RSBIs) and international-standard schools (SBIs) are unconstitutional, because they provide unequal access to educational opportunities. According to Chief Justice Mohammad Mahfud, article 50 (3) of the National Educational System Law, the provision that governs these schools, […]

Brazil: New Quota Law Reserves 50% of the Places at Federal Universities for Public School Students

(Sept. 7, 2012) On August 29, 2012, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed Law No. 12,711 (Lei No. 12.711, de 29 de Agosto de 2012, PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which reserves 50% of the places at federal universities for students who attended a public school for the whole of their high school years (ensino médio) (art. 1). For federal […]

Turkey: Controversial Education Reform Legislation Passed

(Apr. 17, 2012) The Grand National Assembly (GNA, Turkey's parliament) passed an education reform bill on March 30, 2012, extending the length of compulsory education from eight years to twelve. Primary education covers children from six to fourteen years of age (in two tiers); four-year secondary education will now also be mandatory. (Education Reform Bill […]

Brazil: New Law Creates National Program for Access to Technical Education and Employment

(Nov. 18, 2011) On October 26, 2011, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef enacted Law No. 12,513 (Lei No. 12.513 de 26 de Outubro de 2011, PLANALTO.GOV.BR), which creates a national program for access to technical education and employment (Programa Nacional de Acesso ao Ensino Técnico e ao Emprego – Pronatec). The program was designed to enable […]

Chile: Congress Approves Draft Legislation to Combat Bullying in Schools

(Sept. 21, 2011) On September 7, 2011, Chile's Congress approved draft legislation (Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile (BCN) site (Sept. 7, 2011)) that would amend the General Law on Education (GLE) (Ley 20370, amended by Decreto con Fuerza de Ley No. 2, July 2, 2010, BCN) to establish clear definitions, procedures, and penalties for […]

Israel: Digitization of School Books

(Sept. 20, 2011) In September 2011, Israel's Ministry of Education issued a public announcement on digital textbooks. The announcement indicated that the Ministry was implementing a national program titled “Adjusting the Education System to the 21st Century.” Within the framework of this program, the Ministry announced the beginning of a process designed to replace all […]

Australia: Former Student Wins Negligence Case Against School for Bullying

(Apr. 20, 2011) On April 13, 2011, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in Australia, held that a school had breached its duty of care to a former student by failing to implement its anti-bullying policy or to take steps to adequately deal with ongoing bullying behavior toward her by other students while she […]

Sri Lanka: Plan for Aid to University Students to Be Developed

(Apr. 1, 2011) Sri Lanka's Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake, recently proposed a new law, the Human Capital Development Finance Act. The plan has been approved by the Cabinet, and the drafting process will begin soon. The purpose of the legislation is to provide aid in the form of bank loans to underprivileged university […]

France: Suspension of Family Allowances in Case of School Absenteeism

(Feb. 1, 2011) Decree 2011-89 of January 21, 2011, sets forth the modalities under which family allowances may be either suspended or revoked, in totality or partly, when a child fails to attend school as provided by Law 2010-1127 of September 28, 2010, aimed at fighting school absenteeism in France. The Decree took effect on […]