Education

Education

“An educated populace is the cornerstone of sustainable democracy, and the single most important driver of economic prosperity. Affordable, high-quality pre-K through college education is a basic right that is protected by dedicated educators. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that the public education system prepares all to participate meaningfully in society.”

We Affirm

1. A high-quality public education is a basic right and a sound investment with real and tangible returns for our citizens and economy and is a necessary component of a healthy democracy;

2. That we must adequately fund and incentivize advanced research in our Universities and National Laboratories to restore our country’s scientific edge and global competitiveness;

3. New Mexico should meet or exceed the nationwide average salary and benefits for educational professionals;

4. Democracy depends upon an informed public, thus education should prioritize financial literacy, critical thinking, civics, and the US Constitution;

5. That teachers are highly dedicated and motivated professionals; their performance and the quality of the schools in which they teach should not be evaluated solely on standardized test data;

6. Educators should not have to pay for their own classroom supplies and professional development;

We Will

1. Urge our legislators to fund all school districts one hundred percent of the current state equalized guarantee distribution formula, especially school districts with high volumes of Native American students;

2. Demand that our New Mexico legislators find additional and diversified sources of revenue to protect the public education system from volatility in the oil and gas market;

3. Increasing the distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to support early childhood education;

4. Support equitable education which will require an allocation of resources based on need, so all students can succeed regardless of where in New Mexico they live by ensuring the state fulfill its constitutional obligations dictated in the Yazzie Martinez decision;

5. Support fully funded, free public education for every student from early childhood education through vocational and/or debt-free public college education;

6. Support training programs around the state to prepare workers for renewable energy technologies, installation, and maintenance;

7. Support the development of a teacher evaluation model that uses multiple indicators based on classroom and school evidence;

8. Support hiring more teachers to achieve smaller class sizes that comply with the law and enables more effective student learning;

9. Support proficiency in second languages, including sign language and computer coding, as a requirement for graduation from any state-accredited high school in New Mexico;

10. Resist federal programs that weaken schools by funding private school vouchers with public school money;

11. Support LGBTQIA inclusive comprehensive sex education;

12. Support resources for the diversification of curriculum for students with specific needs including, but not limited to, special education and gifted, high and low achieving students, low income, and English as a second language;

13. Value and respect the diversity of perspectives and cultural capital that all of our students bring to the classroom;

14. Support vocational education throughout the state in community colleges and other educational institutions;

15. Support the rights of teachers and parents to influence their own curriculum;

16. Support programs for prisoner reform through education that is uniform statewide including obtaining a GED, a high school diploma, an advanced degree, or vocational training;

17. Support intensive immersion programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, fine arts, music, and second languages for all students;

18. Support community college education and other opportunities to ensure all citizens can be trained and certified to work in the evolving job markets;

19. Support having a Registered Nurse present in every public school;

20. Support having at least one social worker in every public school;

21. Support having a certified school librarian and school library media program in every public school;

22. Support teaching media literacy so students can think critically about where information comes from, how it is presented, and where it is sourced;

23. Support the inclusion of cultural sensitivity training for staff, board members, and students and implement trainings into lesson plans;

24. Encourage and support programs for anti-bullying, mental and behavioral health, and conflict resolution in the schools;

25. Support the state auditor’s role of monitoring money allocated for education to ensure it is spent properly; and

26. Institute a multicultural curriculum that is historically, culturally, and linguistically diverse.


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