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Legislative Affairs

The 2021 regular session of the New Mexico Legislature was a 60-day regular session.

Contact Information

Physical Address:
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE Suite 100 East Albuquerque 87110 Map

Phone: (505) 880-3737

Full staff listing

The APS Legislative Affairs Team is responsible for advocating on behalf of Albuquerque Public Schools with the United States Federal Government, the Governor of the State of New Mexico, the New Mexico State Legislature, Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque and countless other community and professional organizations.  

We welcome feedback regarding issues impacting our students, staff families and greater community. Let us know your thoughts using our feedback form.

New Mexico Legislative Session

APS had representatives during the 60-day 2021, virtual New Mexico Legislature to advocate on behalf of our students and employees. The State Capitol was closed to the public. 

Although the district supports the right of employees to voice their political views, employees should not use the APS email system to express political opinions, nor should political emails be sent during the work day.

An APS employee who wants to attend a Legislative hearing or session of the Legislature and has not been requested to do so by the district must take annual or personal leave. The virtual session provided more opportunities for the public to tune into session activities without traveling. 

If you as an APS employee are contacted by a legislator during the session, our in the interim between sessions, for information about proposed legislation, contact Heather Bassett, director of government affairs and policy, at She will help make sure that information is gathered and is consistent with the district’s position on any proposed legislation.

Interim 2020-2021 APS Presentations

Albuquerque Public Schools is often asked to share insight with legislators during the interim (time between sessions). APS provided representation to state legislators including:

July 17, 2020: New Mexico School Reentry.
Interim Superintendent Scott Elder and Interim Chief Operations Officer Gabriella Blakey, joined Dr. Ryan Stewart and Gwen Perea Warniment of PED, Dennis Roch of Logan Municipal Schools and Tim Bedeaux of the NM LESC. 

August 25, 2020: Ensuring Equity Through Spending: School-Level Spending Reported Pursuant to the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act. 
Interim Superintendent Scott Elder and Executive Director of Budget and Strategic Planning Teresa Scott, joined Michael Griffith from the Learning Policy Institute, Superintendent Veronica Garcia from Santa Fe Public Schools and Joseph Simon of the NM LESC.
APS Presentation to LESC on Ensuring Equity Through Spending

September 23, 2020: FY21 School Budgets Post Solvency. 
Interim Superintendent Scott Elder joined Adan Delgado from NM PED, Superintendent Karen Trujillo from Las Cruces Schools, Superintendent Sue Cleveland from Rio Rancho Schools, Superintendent Dennis Roch of NM Superintendents Association, Superintendent Brenda Vigil from Tularosa and Superintendent Kodi Sumpter from Des Moines Schools.
APS Presentation to LESC on FY21 Budget

September 30, 2020: Funding Health and Risk Insurance Premiums for Public Employees. 
Employee Benefits Director, Valerie Atencio joins Mark Tyndall from NM Risk Management, Richard Valerio of from NM Public School Insurance Authority and Russell Toal from the Risk Management Advisory Board.