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 how we leverage our ...
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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 significant ...
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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 know ...
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