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Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA, 92037
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Mexico spends more per student than most industrialized nations and yet exhibits the lowest levels of academic achievement, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (2013). To discuss the causes of this gap, we are honored to host Alexandra Zapata for a discussion on transparency and accountability in the Mexican educational system. Zapata, coordinator of the Mejora Tu Escuela initiative at the Mexican think tank IMCO, led a widely-circulated report published in May that uncovered extreme payroll irregularities, such as teachers 105 years of age, “phantom schools” and teachers earning more than the president of Mexico. She will address the political response to the data compiled in this staggering report, as well as efforts to improve transparency in the educational system, particularly in the context of national educational reform. She will also cover how open data initiatives such as this one can lead to greater accountability in Mexico. Mejora Tu Escuela has been lauded as one of the two most advanced projects of open data in the country.
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