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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Governor signs bill to help rural school districts improve bilingual, multicultural education

HB 111 will support teachers with training to better serve culturally and linguistically diverse students, particularly in rural New Mexico SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Representative Salazar’s HB 111, “Cultural and Linguistic Education Support,” funding Regional Education Cooperatives (RECs) to provide professional development to staff and teachers for culturally and linguistically responsive instruction. “New Mexico is not like other states. Our diversity is our strength and it presents unique opportunities for ...
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