Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Anne P. Dupre

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This Article traces education reforms in Argentina from the colonial period to the present. Specifically, the Article focuses on La Ley Federal de Educacion, passed in 1993, which sought to reform primary and secondary education throughout Argentina by promoting educational equity through a just distribution of educational services and opportunity.

The Article begins with a description of the current Argentine federal republic and the relationship of the federal government and the provinces. Next, the Article describes the development of the Argentine education system.

It continues by explaining the backdrop of the adoption of Ley Federal. The Author describes the act's twenty-three rights and principles and outlines the reforms envisioned under the law. The Article then turns to an evaluation of the effects and the effectiveness of Ley Federal. The Author specifically addresses the pervasive problems with dropout rates, funding, special education, and teacher salaries.

The Author then undertakes a review of the development of a national curriculum with a special focus on diversity issues. The Article concludes with an evaluation of the current state of education reform in Argentina and suggests that the United States could learn a valuable lesson from Argentina's experience.

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