More than 20,000 of the state's 25,000 teachers are on strike, demanding an end to the Alliance for Quality Education (ACE) signed in May by President Felipe Calderon and Elba Esther Gordillo, "permanent president" of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE).
Given the high levels of unemployment in Mexico and the highly politicized nature of evaluations, teachers are concerned about the stability of their positions, especially those who oppose the virtual dictatorship exercised by Gordillo
over the 1.3 million member union.
is closely allied with Calderon and was probably responsible for a good deal of the electoral fraud that brought the current president to power.
Teachers in Morelos have taken the lead in challenging the ACE, but many teachers around the country are opposed to the plan and to Gordillo's
increasingly corrupt and problematic control of the union.
On Tuesday, thousands of teachers from six states participated in marches, meetings and building occupations in opposition to Gordillo
, the ACE and last year's privatization of much of the Social Security Institute for State Workers