State of New Mexico Archives: on Education

Susana Martinez: The Bridge: joint high school diploma and associate's degree

We have an obligation to focus on raising our graduation rate and better prepare our high school students for New Mexico's workforce or for college.

Let me tell you about a program called the Bridge. The Bridge program was created in response to the gaps that existed between the needs of a 21st century economy and the preparedness of high school graduates in Dona Ana County. It's a partnership between the local business community, their community college, and their public schools. Together, they established the state's first early college high school. Every student who will graduate from this school not only earns a high school diploma, but they also earn an associate's degree and, in some cases, a work-ready certificate. That student is ready to be hired.

Since the Bridge Program has been operating, not one student has dropped out. This session, I'm pursuing a plan to take what the Bridge has accomplished in Dona Ana County and bring it to other areas of New Mexico.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to N.M. Legislature Jan 15, 2013

Susana Martinez: $13.5M for New Mexico Reads to Lead

With last year's "New Mexico Reads to Lead" investment, we hired reading coaches and were able to train nearly 2 thousand educators in methods proven to produce better readers. This year I propose we expand the "New Mexico Reads to Lead" program from $8.5 million to $13.5 million.

Our focus is on struggling schools--on offering a hand-up to those who need help. That's why I'm proposing $4.7 million in school turnaround programs to close the gap between high-performing schools and schools that are struggling.

I want school districts to know and I want parents to know that I have heard their calls for more math and science teachers in New Mexico schools, particularly in low-income areas. We have an exciting initiative to dedicate $2 million to recruit more math and science teachers, to move scientists and engineers to the classroom and to entice college graduates through loan forgiveness programs.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to N.M. Legislature Jan 15, 2013

Susana Martinez: Keep great teachers by retention rewards

In order to provide the best possible education for children, we must bring excellent teachers into our classrooms and we must keep them there. Throwing money at a subpar system simply has not produced the results that our students, teachers, and parents deserve. A task force will develop a plan to find, reward, and retain great teachers who can give our students an education that will prepare them for success in college, in the workforce, and in life.
Source: 2011 N.M. gubernatorial press release #110519-1 May 19, 2011

Susana Martinez: A-F school grading system will increase transparency

The new bills create a transparent A-F grading system that parents, educators and community members can easily understand.

Strengthening accountability and increasing transparency in our schools are the keys to improving the quality of education we offer every child in New Mexico. By recognizing progress and aiding struggling schools, we will give principals and teachers the tools they need to help students succeed.

Source: 2011 N.M. gubernatorial press release #110316_2 Mar 16, 2011

Tom Udall: No Child Left Behind Act has hurt student achievement

Udall specifically criticized the No Child Left Behind Act and said it has hurt student achievement.
Source: 2008 N.M. Senate debate report in N.M.Business Weekly Aug 22, 2008

Joe Carraro: Supports vouchers for public, private, and religious schools

Source: 2004 N.M. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

Joe Carraro: Supports voluntary prayer in public schools

Source: 2004 N.M. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

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