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News from the Superintendent: February 2, 2009
February 1, 2009
Dear APS Community Member,
While nothing is settled just yet, we received some exciting news last week (almost as exciting as last night’s Super Bowl). APS may be a U.S. Senate vote away from receiving a substantial piece of President Obama’s proposed stimulus package.
If passed, APS would likely receive about $81.7 million over two years out of $700 million that would come to the state of New Mexico. Those funds would go toward Title I schools and special education both years, as well as construction the first year. This is one-time money, which is why it would go toward these programs instead of something that would require funds allocated annually.
I had the privilege of discussing the details of the federal stimulus funding with new U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. I was one of six superintendents participating in a conference call, and we also discussed ideas for how to improve the achievements of students in large urban school districts. Secretary Duncan hopes to have monthly conference calls with urban district superintendents, and I look forward to participate again in the future.
We had what I feel was a productive meeting with parents and community members about the vision for Rio Grande High School and Ernie Pyle Middle School last Thursday. We planned to put some rumors and fears to rest, and I think we accomplished that. I understand why some people are skeptical. I can’t speak for what has been attempted in the past, but I will pledge that the community’s voice will be heard this time. Some good ideas have been suggested already, and I’m sure there will be more to come as a plan is fleshed out.
Again, I anticipate having principals named at the schools this week. Once everyone can put names and faces in the key leadership roles, the vision can really begin to take shape. This is a necessary path we’re following, and I think with everyone’s commitment and cooperation, the students will see some real benefits.
Congratulations to Washington and Truman middle schools for the recognition they received at the Roundhouse on Friday. As part of the annual Bilingual Education Day, 31 schools from around the state were recognized for their work with English Language Learners. Teachers and staff should be proud of what they do for students who struggle with language proficiency.
Have a great week.
Winston Brooks, Superintendent
Albuquerque Public Schools