Parents—and Guardians—Now’s the Time for Us to Step Up

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.

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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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Who's Left to Speak for A Majority of New Mexico Families?

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.

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NMPED Task Force Crams Union Foxes in the Hen House

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.

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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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Sonny Sapien Brings the First Coffee Break of 2019

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.

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APS: Taking Away All the Wrong Lessons

The truth is that Albuquerque supports our schools (despite a chronic inability to make improvements at scale) but doubt the ability of current leadership to make changes and get dollars to teachers and classrooms.

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