Political Parties Urged to Recognize Same Sex Unions (Uniradio Informa, 1/19/13)

TIJUANA, BC - Lorenzo Herrera, a representative of community gay in Tijuana, said that in the next political campaign the candidates for Governor and local deputies must be defined in terms of whether they support unions between persons of the same sex. It is estimated that 10% of the population has homosexual tendencies.

"We want to see which party is going to take the Rosas Marcha votes into consideration. Being in the North requires us to be a different state with equality. Many countries have marriages between persons of the same sex. It is important we all can vote on this and contribute to the city's economy, " he said. http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/bajacalifornia/articulo169617.html

In BC, 50,000 are Eligible for a Higher Education (Uniradio Informa, 1/18/13)

MEXICALI, BC - In Baja California, between 50 and 55 thousand youngsters at the age of completing high school are not doing so, said the head of the Secretariat of Education and Social Welfare (SEBS), Javier Santillán Pérez. Currently, there are 132,000 students studying in higher level education of which 66,000 have a scholarship or other government support to continue their studies.

The Secretary recalled that some State baccalaureate enrollment quotas, are at a 50% reduction because the goal the 2014 school year, high school is totally free in Baja California.

Santillán Pérez indicated that the quotas for admission to preparatory public schools oscillate between 700 and 950 pesos ($55 and 71 US), "but since August 2013, it was 25% of that amount." He added that with the gradual reduction of quotas there has been an increase of 50% in revenue, because of 3,000 new spaces the annual tuition is now at 6,000 pesos ($475 US).

One of the main causes of school dropouts is the economic factor because young people join the labor force to support the family economy, acknowledged Santillán Pérez. In Baja California 45 of every 100 young people at high school education age are not doing so, and one of the reasons is because they come from other States without a secondary education, said the Secretary. All those who graduate from a high school in the State, have a space secured at the next level and "virtually 100% can have a secondary education", said the head of the ESCB. http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/bajacalifornia/articulo169567.html

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