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
Ed Williams Searchlight New Mexico Published 6:16 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Sara Tafoya never pictured herself as one of New Mexico’s at-risk students. She came from a supportive, college-educated family in Albuquerque, had once earned good grades, and entertained dreams of going to college and becoming a physical therapist. But in her sophomore year, Tafoya “attracted bad situations,” skipping classes — sometimes for weeks at a time. By the time she found out she was pregnant at age 15, she faced a hurdle that typically derails a girl’s education. Pregnancy is the leading cause for dropping out of school among adolescent girls in New Mexico; that, along with widespread poverty and childhood trauma, helps explain the state’s sky-high dropout rate of 29 percent. Tafoya might have become part of that statistic as well if not for ACE Leadership High School Academy. The Albuquerque charter school bills itself as a “re-engagement school,” … [Read more...] about Charter schools target New Mexico’s at-risk students
Sun-News reports Published 7:52 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 SANTA FE - New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced Tuesday that 11 New Mexico school districts and charter schools have been awarded a total of $20 million in targeted grant funds over the next three years to improve literacy outcomes for students. The grants are funded through a federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant awarded to New Mexico last year. The Gadsden Independent School District is one of the districts that will benefit from the grant, as Ruszkowski announced in person at Anthony Elementary School in July. More: State celebrates PARCC scores in Gadsden schools “Reading is the foundational skill that supports all other academic, career and life pursuits – and we are investing, at record levels, in programs that have shown success in improving student reading outcomes,” Ruszkowski said in … [Read more...] about New Mexico PED awards $20M in literacy grants to Gadsden, other districts and charters