[3/28] For Our Future: This Week's News & More

Friends & Colleagues -

As you may’ve noticed, I’ve adjusted the frequency of these updates to every other week to ensure I’m including only meaningful information and news. The readership of www.nmeducation.org continues to grow. Please continue to share the blog and these now biweekly updates. Here's this week's round up:

  • [LOCAL: NEWS] Now that the 60-day legislative session has concluded we find ourselves with time to catch our collective breath as we await word on the potential of a special session. With some conversation about shortening the school day to save money we see the continued need for our elected leaders to make decisions in the best interests of our students while also keeping in mind the long-term health of our state.
  • [LOCAL: ACTION] As shared previously, New Mexico’s state plan for ESSA (here's the eight-page executive summary), is open for public comment. Take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey and to speak up on behalf of our students. Now is not the time to look backwards. We must maintain a high bar of expectations for not only our students, but our schools, districts and teachers as well. Let’s improve policy where needed but with a constant eye towards what will best prepare our students for 21st century careers.
  • [NATIONAL: NEWS] Across the U.S. more there are more than 40 cities where charter schools serve more than 20% of local students. As we consider what the future growth of charter schools looks like in New Mexico, Neerav Kingsland lays out five roles cities can play: Implode, Compete Coordinate & Collaborate, Blur the Lines or Govern.
  • [NATIONAL: NEWS] High school graduation rates are on the rise across the U.S. and here in New Mexico as well. While on the surface this seems to be a positive development, a deeper look reveals that high school graduation increasingly does not equate to workforce or college readiness. In an increasingly knowledge-driven economy, the research is clear that most people (~80%) need a post-secondary education to land a decent job. While many states have lowered the criteria for high school graduation, New Mexico is seeing all-time highs in graduation rates, while still raising requirements. Though we continue to lag behind much of the nation, our growth is promising.