Italy: Clashes erupt as students and teachers protest Renzi's education reforms in Milan

Clashes erupted as hundreds of students and teachers took to streets of Milan, Friday, in widespread protest against the Italian government's 'Good School' education reforms. At least five people were injured during the clashes. Thousands of university and high school students marched in 30 cities throughout Italy, carrying banners and chanting slogans against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Education Minister Stefania Giannini. The education reforms were approved by the Italian parliament in early July. Renzi promised to hire 100,000 teachers on permanent contracts, as well as offering wage raises based on merit rather than age. Although the reforms were packaged as decreasing the amount of part-time workers, the protesters consider the reforms unfair. According to teachers and students, the changes are mostly benefiting private schools, while state schools face underfunding.

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