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Posted: January 27, 2020

2020 Legislature

In her weekly message, Supt. Reedy expresses appreciation for the state's citizens Legislature, in session until Feb. 21.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for our citizen legislators, and I don’t envy the task that lies ahead of them in the coming weeks.

During the 2020 Legislature that started on Tuesday and continues through Feb. 21, our state lawmakers will debate and pass bills that impact all of our lives. This includes deciding how much money will go to fund public education. Nearly half of the state’s $7 billion budget went to New Mexico’s public schools last year. Albuquerque Public Schools got about $725 million of that to cover operations, including employee salaries and benefits.

As you know, a big part of that funding went to long-overdue raises for hard-working employees like you. The state also increased minimum salaries for teachers, which will help with retention and recruitment. We are now a little more competitive with neighboring states and have a better shot at attracting more talented young people right out of college to this honorable profession.

And, as I mentioned recently, the Legislature passed bills and set aside funding for a couple of initiatives that adds days of learning to school calendars across the state. The extended learning plans that our school communities are voting on right now would add 10 days to the school year plus hours of professional development.

Once again, public education is taking center stage during the 2020 session. In her state of the state address, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham called transformation of the public education ecosystem “no less than a moral mandate.”

“I insist, alongside every devoted parent and dedicated advocate in the state, that we get it right, right now,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “And at the same time, I recognize that what we are building requires long-term vision. We all must recognize that a genuine transformation, a moonshot, doesn’t occur overnight. But our goal is and will continue to be meaningful positive outcomes for students and teachers all while the permanent turnaround rounds into shape.”

Hear, hear! 

We all agree that the future of New Mexico depends on the success of the next generation, so we’ll be watching with great interest over the next few weeks as lawmakers debate how to best support the children and educators of our state.

To help inspire lawmakers, Albuquerque Public Schools recently launched the third annual social media campaign #ADayInSchool, encouraging schools to tweet positive images and messages reflecting a typical day in our schools during the legislative session.

During the past two sessions, thousands of images and messages were tweeted and retweeted in celebration of the amazing things that occur in our schools daily. I encourage you to participate again this year. Nothing will brighten your day, or your legislator's day, more than pictures of happy, engaged students learning and flourishing.   

I appreciate our legislators, just as I appreciate you for all you do