American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen - Education Town Hall
With Keep The Promise for New Mexico's Future
New Mexico: Reclaim the Promise of Public Education--Our Schools, Our Solutions
"New Mexico wants great neighborhood public schools that are safe and welcoming, are fully funded and have teachers who are well-prepared, are well-supported, and have manageable class sizes and time to collaborate. We want our schools to be centers of our communities and ensure that children and families have access to wraparound services to meet their social, emotional and health needs. We want curriculum that focuses on teaching and learning, not testing, and that includes art, music and the sciences. We want to put the public back in public education.
The top-down policies of the last decade have not worked. It's clear that austerity, competition, division and hyper-testing have not and will not help our students. Top-down edicts, sanctions, mass school closures and denigrating teachers will not move the needle in the right direction. Our children and our schools deserve better.
We want a new direction for our schools. Nationally, educators, students, parents, community organizations, civil rights advocates and faith leaders recently met in Los Angeles and together endorsed "The Principles that Unite Us."
Following the meeting in Los Angeles, New Mexicans created Keep the Promise for New Mexico’s Future, a coalition of organizations, educators, parents and students who want to see public education in New Mexico thrive. Coalition members have already shared stories of education challenges and suggestions for solutions with more than 10,000 people in telephone and in-person town hall meetings across the state. Members of Keep the Promise will travel around New Mexico on a statewide bus tour Dec. 9-13 to continue working on taking back our public education. Check out www.promisefornewmexico.org to see when Keep the Promise will be in your community.
I urge you to sign on to “The Principles that Unite Us” and the “Keep the Promise Vision Statement.” We need our leaders to stand with us, united around a common vision for our schools."
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The Teacher Town Hall - 2012
On April 18, 2012 Teachers from a range of schools in the community came together to identify and discuss the major issues affecting the graduation rate in their schools, and had a constructive conversation about what can be done to improve the education opportunities for all students.
How can we address the dropout crisis here in New Mexico?