Transforming Education in NM: 2019 Legislation Outlook

This legislative session, our coalition advocated for substantial and long-term change for all New Mexican students. Our policy proposals, budget requests, and goals presented thoughtful, community, and evidenced-based approaches towards an equitable and culturally responsive education that our children need to succeed.   With your support, Transform Education NM shared important components of an equitable educational system with our elected leaders. We promoted the need for a deep funding investment into the education system for at-risk students and ...
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ACTION ALERT: Ask for HB 111 and HB 182 to be heard on the Senate Floor

Today, HB 182 passed the Senate Education Committee. Yesterday, HB 111 passed Senate Finance Committee. Now, with only two days left in the session, we need these vital multicultural bills to be heard on the Senate Floor. Please call Senator Wirth and ask that he call HB 111 and HB 182 to be heard on the Senate Floor before the session ends.  HB 182 calls on the Public Education Department to develop a plan to improve literacy and biliteracy programs, because we ...
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URGENT ACTION ALERT: Ask Our Senators To Hear HB 159

HB 159 “Multicultural Education Framework” is sponsored by Representatives Tomás E. Salazar, Christine Trujillo, and Derrick J. Lente. It aligns the New Mexico Indian Education Act, Hispanic Education Act, and Bilingual Multicultural Act to establish a foundation in the public education system for supporting the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students across New Mexico. We need you to contact Senators Mary Kay Papen and John Arthur Smith TODAY and ask that HB 159 either be heard in Senate ...
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ACTION ALERT: Support HB 182

Reading is a crucial skill not only for college and career readiness, but to help navigate everyday life. That’s why we need your help ensuring every child in New Mexico is better equipped to learn how to read. Tomorrow, the Senate Education Committee will discuss HB 182, a crucial bill for advancing literacy and biliteracy in our state.  HB 182 calls on the Public Education Department to develop a plan to improve literacy and biliteracy programs, because classrooms ...
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My senior gift: A multicultural, bilingual legacy

Michelle Soto, Published 4:22 a.m. MT March 10, 2019 in the Las Cruces Sun-News In the last semester of my grade-school education, my priorities have become a little different than your typical high school senior. While most of my classmates are preoccupied with leaving behind some kind of legacy through senior class pranks, gifts or unique prom outfits,  my focus is invested in leaving behind a different kind of legacy. As ...
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ACTION ALERT: Ask the Senate Education Committee to Support Multicultural Education

In the final stretch of this legislative session, a number of bills supporting a more inclusive education system - one that supports the diverse languages and cultures of our students - will be decided on in committee this week. Tomorrow, the Senate Education Committee will discuss HB 111, HB 120, and HB 159, and we need you to show your support for a multicultural education system.  We know students perform better when their materials and coursework are relevant to their ...
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ACTION ALERT: Ask the Senate Education Committee to Support HB 159

Pivotal decisions are being made right now at the Roundhouse for the future of New Mexico’s children, including how their cultures, heritages, and languages are honored by our public education system. Tomorrow, the Senate Education Committee will discuss HB 159 and we need you to show your support for a multicultural framework in our schools. HB 159 aligns the New Mexico Indian Education Act, Hispanic Education Act, and Bilingual Multicultural Act to establish a foundation in the public education ...
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ACTION ALERT: Ask the Senate Finance Committee to increase Pre-K funding in New Mexico

In the Executive Budget, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham asked for a $35 million increase in Pre-K funding, but as it’s written, House Bill 2 only provides a $10 million increase. We know that Pre-K shrinks achievement gaps and improves learning for all students, yet programs haven’t been expanded due to lack of funding. We now have the opportunity for transformational change in our education system, starting with our state’s youngest students. Please call our Senators on the Senate Finance ...
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