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Posted January 19, 2011

Legislative Update - Wednesday, January 19

Today, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate. The session will reconvene at 10 a.m. tomorrow, when more legislation is expected to be introduced.

The state Public Education Department released an outline of the Governor’s Education plan. Gov. Martinez is proposing a comprehensive reform package titled, “Kids First, New Mexico Wins.” Read the release >>

The plan comprises four key initiatives:

  1. Prioritize classroom spending over bureaucracy with a goal of returning fiscal discipline to the PED and local school districts.
  2. Create a school grading system to recognize and reward progress, reverse failure and help struggling schools and students.
  3. End social promotion -- the practice of passing children from one grade to the next before they have mastered the basics -- in third, fifth and eighth grade.
  4. Create a blueprint for evaluating, rewarding and incentivizing effective teaching and leadership in schools and districts.
News
Student of the Week JC Sandoval
5th grader School at Comanche Elementary School
Register to Vote in Mail-In Election by Jan. 8
In her weekly message, Supt. Reedy encourages employees to vote in the mail-in election on a bond/mill levy package for school improvements.
APS Subs to Get a Raise
In an effort to attract more substitute teachers, the district will increase the hourly pay by about 30 percent beginning next semester.
2019 Hall of Honor Inductees Named
Longtime educators Margaret Clark and David Ostrovitz will be inducted in March at the APS Education Foundation's annual Gold Bar Gala.
Student of the Week Miley Sanchez
2nd grader at Los Padillas Elementary School