ACTION ALERT: Call Senate Finance Committee NOW and urge them to pay teachers a fair wage

Teachers and other educators play a critical role in our students' and our state's future, and they deserve to be fairly compensated for their dedication and hard work. The Senate Finance Committee is about to cut the proposed 5% pay increase, in the midst of a statewide teacher shortage. The teacher shortage is a crisis that has been severely damaging to our schools. Currently, House Bill 2 budgets for a 5% increase. We must keep it at this level, or higher. ...
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ACTION ALERT: Contact Senators TODAY to urge them to support an amendment to HB 2

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL OUR SENATORS TODAY We are getting close to the end of the legislative session and it’s critical we make our voices heard. Our schools should have adequate health and social services for all students. The first step is to bring together families, educators and experts to assess the strengths and the gaps of the system across the state. Funding is needed for this work but it was left out of the first version ...
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ACTION ALERT: Urge Legislators To Include Important Education Legislation In House Bill 2

Important AND urgent. A key budget committee is about to vote on funding for this year, but the bill is missing the critical public education priorities that we’ve worked on together. New Mexicans strongly believe education is a top priority. The state’s record budget surpluses should be invested in our students. We know what it will take to #TransformEducation in New Mexico, but key legislation will not be heard unless we make our voices known. ...
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NM should invest revenue windfall in students

By David Rogers, Bilingual Education Leader published in the Albuquerque Journal Will Aug. 28, 2019, be remembered as the day the state changed course and finally committed to giving our students and teachers the resources they need to be successful? That’s the opportunity, because the revenue forecast set for release (Wednesday) will show a massive budget surplus from oil and gas revenues. The question is whether Legislative Finance Committee members and other ...
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Make pre-K universal, pay its teachers equitably

By Stephanie Ly, President, AFT-New Mexico and James Jimenez, Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children published in the Albuquerque Journal When children have access to opportunities they need to grow up healthy and reach their full potential, we all benefit. Thanks to rigorous scientific research, we know that children who have access to high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten do better. They read earlier, are better prepared for school, and are more likely ...
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We need multicultural approach to transform education in New Mexico

by Victoria Tafoya, published in the Las Cruces Sun-News LAS CRUCES - The Legislative Education Study Committee roadshow heads to Santa Teresa High School this week where it will hear from educators and researchers about the benefits of a multicultural approach in improving student outcomes. This year, the legislature has a chance to get us closer to the moonshot that we all want by designing an education system that puts ...
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