Students clash with police in Santiago in protest over educational reform. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Students clashed with police in the center of the Chilean capital on Thursday in the latest blow up in ongoing protests over educational reform. The Confederation of Chilean Students (Conch) took to the streets demanding transparency and greater depth in the government's developing reforms. The march began peacefully, but escalated into violence after a group of students strayed from the authorized route and police tried to disperse the crowds with water cannon and tear gas. The violence comes as President Michelle Bachelet looks to bolster teacher pay and conditions, bring public schools, now managed and financed by townships, under national jurisdiction, make university education free, and provide additional state funds for poor students. These promises formed the base of Bachelet's election manifesto, after student protests four years ago played a major role in ending the conservative government of Sebastian Pinera. Earlier this year, Chile's Congress approved the first of Bachelet's education reforms which include an end to profits at state-subsidized schools and eliminates their selective entrance policies.