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 identity. ...
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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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ACTION ALERT: Contact Senators on HB 121 for social services in schools

Every student should arrive to the classroom ready to learn, but too many of our children in New Mexico face barriers and family financial hardships that impact their health and educational success. An important bill to address these barriers is moving through the Legislature, but needs your support! HB 121 ensures public school students have access to health, counseling, and behavioral health services and on Wednesday, March 6, it will be heard in the Senate Education Committee. Please call ...
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NM House embraces multicultural education package

Associated Press, For the Sun-NewsPublished 8:14 p.m. MT Feb. 28, 2019] SANTA FE - The New Mexico House of Representatives is embracing a package of bills designed to improve academic achievement among minority students and revitalize local linguistic and cultural traditions. The House voted Thursday, Feb. 28 without opposition on two bills in the package of legislation. One would expand training for teachers of English as a second language and bilingual instructors. The other would enlist a network of existing teacher cooperatives to ...
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Bilingual education bills advance

BY DAN BOYD / JOURNAL CAPITOL BUREAU CHIEF Published: Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 11:35pm in the Albuequerque Journal SANTA FE – Three bills aimed at making New Mexico’s public school system better-equipped to teach a diverse student population are headed to the full House after clearing a key budget-writing committee Tuesday. Backers of the measures say they are needed to bring the state into compliance with a landmark June court ruling that ...
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Advocates critique budget, education process

By Trip Jennings, New Mexico In Depth February 13, 2019 As a powerful House committee nears completion of a draft state budget this week, leaders of a movement to transform New Mexico education through multicultural, bilingual education reforms say crucial funding to achieve their vision could go missing from the soon-to-emerge spending plan. And they say it’s already gone missing from a House omnibus ...
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Advocate in education lawsuit says lawmakers’ budget falls short

By Robert Nott | rnott@sfnewmexican.com | published in the Santa Fe New Mexican Feb 13, 2019 Updated Feb 14, 2019 An advocate for one of the plaintiffs in the landmark court case mandating improvements in New Mexico’s public schools said Wednesday that state lawmakers are failing to comply. “The Legislature has dropped the ball on funding needed to move the state toward compliance with the court ruling,” said Preston Sanchez, an attorney for ...
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Key legislation on multicultural education framework in New Mexico discussed by sponsors, education experts

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Among the many education bills that are working their way through legislative committee, those sponsored by Representative Tomás E. Salazar are designed to ensure a multicultural, bilingual framework is at the core of the New Mexico education system. The bills must be passed in the House Appropriations Committee and receive funding to move forward in the legislature. The committee is currently considering the public school budgets and intends to finalize its budget bill by next ...
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