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2018 APS Board of Education Resolution for Local Authority

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 A REVITALIZATION OF AND DEDICATION TO THE CONTROL OF THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD TO MAKE EDUCATIONAL POLICY DECISIONS AND SET EDUCATION PRIORITIES FOR ITS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT.

WHEREAS, New Mexico State Statute respects the division of power between the legislature, the executive and the local school board which is why it grants local school boards the responsibility of establishing the local district budget, setting policy and hiring the superintendent to implement the will of the board; and

WHEREAS, local school boards respect and welcome the authority of the legislature and executive to establish a framework in which local schools are required to operate, minimum standards of programs that schools must establish and performance goals schools must meet but believe specific decisions about operations, programs and how to meet goals should be left to the school board; and

WHEREAS, local school boards are elected by their communities, are often the most in tune to the community and students’ individual needs and how best to work within the parameters established by the State to meet those needs; and

WHEREAS, local school boards and superintendents take their mission seriously – to provide the very best education possible to each child who walks through the public school doors; and

WHEREAS, local school boards, in collaboration with their superintendent, ought to have the freedom to make decisions related to curriculum programs and the accountability system to monitor the success of the curriculum and student performance; and

WHEREAS, funding granted to school districts to implement new programs or proven strategies to increase student achievement ought to address an appropriate balance of oversight from the state to ensure a program is implemented well while granting flexibility to a local district to make decisions in the best interest of their community and students; and

WHEREAS, with their deep knowledge of the strengths and needs and commitment to the success of their schools and students, local school districts should have the flexibility to design the strategies for “turnaround schools,” which may include community school models, partnerships with appropriate laboratories and institutions of higher education, and models of support for entry-level teachers through mentoring and collaboration with master-level teachers who then deepen their own practice; and

WHEREAS, local school boards support accountability and request that the legislature adopt a legislative strategy of less mandates on program specifics so districts may meet the demands of student success in the way they deem best; and

WHEREAS, policy decisions should allow students to demonstrate their progress and achievement in creative, individualized ways; and

WHEREAS, trusting local school boards allows them to foster local relationships with families, teachers, elected officials and business leaders and seek buy in from all stakeholders for successful educational reforms in schools; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education formally requests that the legislature and Public Education Department allow local school boards to exercise their statutorily granted authority to make policy decisions about education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education and administration want to work collaboratively with the legislature and the Public Education Department in the best interest of the students of New Mexico; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the New Mexico State Legislature work with the executive to determine best ways to ensure student success and local flexibility to implement programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the New Mexico State Legislature adequately fund the local school board to meet the educational needs of students; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the New Mexico School Boards Association.

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