Italy's cabinet green-lights school reform bill

The Italian cabinet has approved the school reform bill of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, pictured here in Kiev, Ukraine on March 4, 2015Italy’s cabinet on Thursday adopted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s school reform bill, which he said would see 100,000 substitute teachers given permanent contracts and extra funds designated for teacher development. “The school reform is the most important for the country, we are proud of it,” Renzi told journalists, brushing off criticism that he has watered down a project which initially promised to make the system more meritocratic.

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