By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter
BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – The senate in Brazil last week passed a bill that requires prestigious federal universities to reserve fifty percent of their places for public school students, and increases the number of spaces allotted to black, mixed-race and indigenous students. It is expected that President Dilma Rousseff will ratify the law next week.
The eleven percent of students who attend Brazil’s expensive private high schools – who are mostly white – are generally much better prepared for the notoriously competitive federal university entrance exam or ‘vestibular.’
Public universities in Brazil are heavily subsidized . . .