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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Stop Using My Child To Score Political Points

Along with the “new administration” in Santa Fe has come a renewed war on charter schools, despite the fact that EVERY family attending one has chosen to do so for their own children. Let it be known that we parents of charter school students will not be used as pawns in an ideological battle. We want what’s best for our children, and don’t care much whether a school is charter, or not.

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Why I Value My Yearly Evaluation

During this season of massive educational reform in our state, as policy makers consider the guidelines for a potential new evaluation system, I encourage them to consider the value of two things: the benefit to our statewide educational system of a yearly performance measure of all teachers, instructional support aides, and administrators, and the advantages of rubrics to define and drive performance.

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Dismantling New Mexico's Reform Edifice

New Mexico’s legislative session ends next week, but the local education lobby’s effort to dismantle the state’s education reform edifice is just getting underway. Nationally, the forces of resistance and repeal have been having a field day since the midterms, but nowhere are the stakes arguably higher than in the Land of Enchantment. This is because on virtually all fronts, New Mexico has quietly cultivated a sterling reputation as a reform beacon par excellence.

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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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The Miseducation of Albuquerque Public Schools

When it comes to equity, cultural relevance, and academic rigor, APS sure talks a big game, making a lot of promises. APS leaders try to say all the right things while doing nearly none of them.

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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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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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