Robert Nott The Santa Fe New Mexican Published 12:37 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 In a legal move that intensifies pressure on state lawmakers and the governor to increase spending on New Mexico schools, a state district judge recently issued a final order in a lawsuit against the Public Education Department; it not only requires a remedy to underfunded programs but also details the many ways the agency has failed its students. First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton first ruled in July on Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico, agreeing with plaintiffs' arguments that the state is not providing enough money to offer a quality education for certain groups of students: low-income children, English-language learners, Native Americans and students with disabilities. She gave the state until April 15 to find a solution. In late December, after reviewing more than 1,000 pages of facts and findings from the plaintiffs — a coalition of students, parents and school districts — … [Read more...] about New Mexico public education department faces lawsuit from state Judge
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Robert Moore Searchlight New Mexico Published 2:15 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 In the coming days, governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham will take the first major step to fulfill her sweeping campaign promises on education — appointing a secretary to lead New Mexico’s troubled Public Education Department. Her choice will speak volumes — not only about her approach to education but also about her commitment to reform in a state that is primed for change. With a Democratic majority in both chambers of the Legislature, the governor-elect is in a position to address what many regard as New Mexico’s gravest problem: the fact that it sits at rock bottom in national rankings of student achievement. The state is under court order to fix a school funding system that was struck down as unconstitutional for its failure to provide adequate resources for at-risk students. So the choice of the new secretary will speak worlds about the degree to which Lujan Grisham intends to … [Read more...] about New Mexico’s Public Education Department: Who’s will lead?
Award-winning Science A-Z science curriculum brings engaging science experiments, hands-on activities, and collaborative learning to K–6 students /EIN News/ -- TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Learning A-Z® today announced that the New Mexico Public Education Department has adopted Science A-Z® as a supplemental science resource for its elementary students. Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core English Language Arts Standards, Science A-Z includes print and online resources, engaging science experiments, hands-on activities, and other collaborative learning opportunities that allow students to think and act like scientists. “Science A-Z puts the excitement of science in every student’s hands,” said Patrick Marcotte, president of Learning A-Z. “In addition to its award-winning, standards-aligned curriculum, Science A-Z provides teachers with resources for every student, at every learning level. … [Read more...] about Learning A-Z Science Curriculum Named to New Mexico Public Education Department’s List of Approved Science Resources
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is mirroring national trends of statistical stagnation in reading and math scores.But the state saw a couple areas of slight progress.For fourth grade public school students, average scores in math went down from 231 in 2015 to 230 in 2017. A proficient score for fourth grade math – defined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress – is about 250 and a basic score is at about 215.ADVERTISEMENTMath scores are calculated from tests that include measurement, geometry, statistics and algebra questions.Overall, New Mexico made no notable strides forward or backward. And the state isn’t alone with 41 states’ fourth-graders also lacking statistical differences from their 2015 scores, according to the NAEP data, released every two … [Read more...] about New Mexico showing slight gain in math and reading
The state’s assistant secretary for Native American education is claiming she was unfairly forced out of the New Mexico Public Education Department earlier this month.In a two-page letter sent this week to the state’s tribal elders, Latifah Phillips said she “was approached with a termination letter with no explanation or any known documented reasoning, and then presented with the opportunity to resign.”Phillips, a former official in the Santa Fe school district, chose to be fired. She described her decision as “a small act of protest to the unfairness of this action.”A spokeswoman for the Public Education Department did not respond to requests for comment on Phillips’ firing. Attempts to speak to Phillips about her letter also were unsuccessful.The department’s website still lists Phillips as the assistant secretary for Native American education. It also lists her as a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation.Phillips came to the … [Read more...] about New Mexico ousts assistant secretary for Native American education