What Should We Expect of Our New Secretary of Ed?

So, will Dr. Stewart sit idly by and let the nation’s top-rated ESSA plan be unraveled without a solid, student-minded alternative in place? Will he be able to withstand the undue influence of teacher union leadership at the expense of parents and students? Time will tell, but I’m hopeful. And, if he doesn’t, we’ll be here to tell the truth; nothing disinfects like sunshine.

Best of luck Dr. Stewart, we’re counting on you to do right by ALL constituents, not just those with unearned mouthpieces and cushy salaries they’ve been collecting for 20+ years.

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In Midst of Central Office Raises, APS Can't Cool Schools

Finding money to pay themselves has never been an issue for APS central office administrators. Just this summer Superintendent Reedy received yet another raise, this one for just under $30k. Applying that same 11 percent raise to the 30 highest paid APS officials results in $403,902 in newfound salary for a district losing students and mired in underperformance.

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Providence Public Schools Got A Report, Where's Albuquerque's?

So, where’s NMPED’s call to study APS by an external, objective source? When can we parents expect a full accounting of the practices and mismanagement of the district which captures roughly 1 in every 4 New Mexico children?

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Will New Mexico's Next Governor Champion Schools for All Families?

Amidst the battle lines drawn between the education establishment and reformers, we often lose sight that every child attending a charter school does so out of the will of their family. These are conscious decisions made by every family seeking to find the best opportunity for their child. No one should take that away.

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New Mexico Leading the Charge on Teacher Support & Evaluation

New Mexico is leading the nation in developing a teacher evaluation system that is fair to both teachers and communities; an inevitable tension in this hard work. We should be proud of what we’ve built and have the fortitude to keep building on that foundation. In doing so we will continue to lead the nation and serve as models of what’s possible.

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For Bright Ideas and Actions, Let's Look to San Antonio

New Mexico needs a changing of the guard when it comes to education. Too many of those shouting the loudest don't represent the generation, race/ethnicity, socioeconomics, or even best interests of our communities. Instead of doing the hard work of change leadership, they settle for cheap political points and simplistic quips to the press. Let's keep the pressure up for them to do better - or step aside.

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The Curious Case of APS's Special Education Survey: Part 2

Let's pick up our tale where we left off. Which is only fitting given the Albuquerque Journal has done so as well, nearly two weeks after we broke the story. Readers will continue to find original information and reporting right here at your home for all things education in New Mexico. Meanwhile, imitation is the highest form of flattery.

As I dug through thousands of pages of APS/ATF messages received through a public records request, an interesting thread related to this survey proposal emerged.

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Here’s Why I’m Thankful for How New Mexico Is Grading Our Schools

My two boys, ages 12 and 9, are my top priority. I have been actively and attentively helping them to learn the skills that will allow them to navigate their world since the day they were born. My goal is that they learn to be accountable for their educational choices, and to advocate for their individual needs. Moreover, it is extremely important that, regardless of our location, their educational experience provides for these needs.

Thankfully, New Mexico has a school grading system that raises the bar for academic proficiency and growth. In 2011, The New Mexico Department of Education adopted an “A” through “F” grading system for schools. To determine a final grade, the state evaluates each school based on student growth and overall performance.

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The Curious Case of APS's Special Education Survey: Part 1

On Friday, June 29th I pressed send on an email that gave me great anxiety. I knew receipt of this request would sound alarms and place me in the bullseye (again) of some of the most powerful leaders in the state.

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Answering Yazzie: What Does A Sufficient Education Look Like?

Yazzie is an opportunity to take what we know works and scale that up. Knowing what works, and what doesn’t, requires statewide data that tells us how students, teachers, and schools are performing. And those who can't see a way to work together and evolve forward should step aside for those of us willing and ready.

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