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
The New Mexico Public Education Department says it will divvy $1 million among school districts and charter schools for efforts to recruit new teachers“We are not just competing with other schools and states, but with other industries, and as school system leaders, we should be bold and creative with these dollars to attract promising talent,” Public Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski told a crowd earlier this week at the annual Government to Government Summit in Mescalero, where state officials met with tribal leaders.All 89 school districts and 90-plus charter schools across New Mexico can use their share of the money to advertise job postings and offer bonus pay to recruit potential teachers, according to a news release the education department issued this week.Each district will be given an allocation based on its per-student state funding amount, spokeswoman Lida Alikhani said.The department also is increasing its own efforts to fill vacant positions … [Read more...] about State education department to provide $1 million for teacher recruitment efforts
Roswell Independent School District’s Pre-K staff was honored for exemplary practices in Interim Superintendent Susan Sanchez’s reports on Tuesday evening at the school board meeting. RISD’s selection for superintendent will be announced on Monday at 5 p.m. during a special school board meeting. “With great pleasure, I have my Pre-K staff here — Principal Kathy Macha, Jody Alpers, and following under government programs under the direction of Jennifer Cole — to proudly present the New Mexico Pre-K expansion video that our teachers bravely and amazingly have put together on behalf of the Public Education Department,” Sanchez said. Teresa Andries (Berrendo Elementary School), Starlett Baldwin (Parkview Early Literacy Center), Eric Rivera (Parkview Early Literacy Center), Tracey Clements (Parkview Early Literacy Center) and Kelsey Wilson (Parkview Early Literacy Center) were the teachers present at the school board … [Read more...] about RISD’s Pre-K on state’s radar; Department of Public Education video features programs from local teachers