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Controversial Education Project Divides Brazil’s Lower House

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After heated discussions among Congressional representatives and between lawmakers and protesters, the Chamber of Deputies’ special committee created to discuss the project Escola Sem Partido (schools without political parties) was once again suspended in Brasilia on Tuesday.

At one point during the opening discussions of the bill, the rapporteur of the bill, known just as Flavinho, called fellow congresswoman, Erika Kokay, a liar.

"Do not be deceitful and a liar. Does the project criminalize teachers? Do not be a liar!” Flavinho shouted after Kokay had spoken out against the project . . .

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