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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Throwing out PARCC Will Make My Job as an Educator Even Harder

Why are we fixing what is not broken? The PARCC is just an assessment, yes, and a valuable and effective one at that. We should work on ensuring all of our students can reach the rigorous standards of the PARCC in New Mexico because we want our students to be proficient in every category in every way, no matter what state they end up living in later in life.

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Special Educator Shari Hicks Settles the Green Chile Debate Once and for All

I want students with special needs to know that their disability doesn't define them. I want them to know that they are special because of their talents, not because of their disability. Students with disabilities need to know that their academic weaknesses are also their super powers. Many students possess problem-solving skills they have developed because of their academic challenges.

I want families to know that their children are amazing blessings who I feel honored to teach and learn from. I enjoy seeing the light go on when they understand a concept. The best feeling I get is when, on their own, my students dig deeper into a lesson and discover something that even I didn’t know before.

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