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2017 APS Board of Education Resolution for Every Student Succeeds Act Stakeholder Engagement

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Albuquerque Public School  ¨ Albuquerque, New Mexico

Resolution

PROVIDING THAT THE ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION ENTER ITS APPEARANCE AND INDICATE ITS SUPPORT OF A MOTION TO SUPPORT THAT THE NEW MEXICO PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS IN THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT TO CREATE A STATE TITLE I PLAN WITH TIMELY AND MEANINGFUL CONSULATION WITH EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS AND THAT THE NEW MEXICO STATE LEGISLATURE HOLD THE PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR SUCH CONSULTATION.

WHEREAS, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that the State Education Agency (SEA) submit a state plan for education policy that is developed with timely and meaningful consultation with governors, members of the state legislature, local districts, Indian tribes, teachers, principals and families; and

WHEREAS, ESSA also requires that Local Education Agencies (LEA) develop plans that are created with timely and meaningful consultation with stakeholders including teachers, principals, school leaders, specialized support personnel, charter school leaders, administrators and families; and

WHEREAS, the passage of ESSA provides a unique opportunity for education policy to be built from a grassroots level so that education decisions are made in the best interest of our local values; and

WHEREAS, school boards wish to develop the New Mexico ESSA plan in a collaborative effort with all stakeholders and are actively asking to provide input to the New Mexico Public Education Department; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Education has promulgated draft rules which allow the SEA to choose to submit the state ESSA plan in either March or July of 2017;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education formally requests that the Public Education Department select to submit the New Mexico ESSA plan in July so there may be time for meaningful stakeholder engagement throughout the state, an 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education formally requests that the Public Education Department invite local school boards participate in meaningful consultation as it develops the New Mexico ESSA plan; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education requests that if the New Mexico Public Education Department fails to engage in this consultation, the New Mexico State Legislature would express its collective voice to disapprove ESSA plan and require the New Mexico Public Education Department to rewrite areas of the plan as demanded by stakeholders; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor of New Mexico, the Secretary of Public Education, the Legislative Education Study Committee, the Legislative Education Study Committee and the New Mexico School Boards Association.

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