Both parenting and teaching are incredibly hard jobs. We need to be honest about the co-commitment needed from each without judging. Student success is reliant on what happens at home, particularly for long-term life success. We as parents must do all we can to support our students and prepare them to be diligent learners. A good teacher backed by an engaged parent is a nearly unbeatable force in the life of a child.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
A picture (or in this case many) is worth a thousand words, or so I hear. In recognition of National Charter School week, here are select numbers, pictures, and quotations to frame the national as well as local conversations happening here in New Mexico.Read More
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.Read More
As evidenced by Gov. MLG’s education transition team, the new reality of public education in New Mexico is that NMPED takes their marching orders from NEA-NM and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, prioritizing non-educators over teachers and students at every turn.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
I would advise parents to always remember that they are their child’s first and most important teacher. And even when their children head off to school, the learning that they do together will never stop. This is a significantly important concept to remember because parents are the support system that students need to teach them right from wrong, to teach them that character matters, and to teach them that striving for academic success is the necessary blueprint for making a remarkable life for themselves.