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Interim 2021-2022 Study Groups

The APS Government Affairs team wants to engage with as many stakeholders within and outside of APS as possible during the interim so that we are prepared to know what it means to "represent" APS during our state legislative sessions.  To prepare for the 2022 session, we created some voluntary study groups that will meet once each month until the session.

The sign up link has closed but it is never too late to join. Please email Heather Bassett at heather.bassett@aps.edu to join.

During the Interim Session for 2021-2022, Albuquerque Public School Government Affairs team will engage in a series of work study groups in order to inform-engage-and-learn with members of the Albuquerque Public Schools community and possibly, elected officials. Government affairs will co-facilitate monthly study groups in several areas with APS department leaders around topics related to conversations in the 2021 session and/or topics we expect to pursue for the 2022 session. 

CORE BELIEF: The interim is an opportunity to reflect, allow stakeholders to feel heard and bring legislators into the educational spaces, issues, and humans of Albuquerque Public Schools. The primary goal is to listen and grow.

TOPIC

Description of Purpose and/or Goals

High School Graduation Requirements

Several bills, one comprehensive, appeared in the 2021 session to create new requirements for high school graduation. These bills were all tabled with the assertion that the LESC will be studying it in the interim; APS should proactively create some positions about the future of the high school experience and be prepared to offer insight to this conversation in both the interim and the 2022 or 2023 session. 

Instructional Materials

Instructional material funding has evolved into a full SEG appropriation with requirements to spend funding on culturally and linguistically appropriate materials and though PED research continues to prove that high quality instructional materials align with higher student achievement, most of what we see adopted as “core” materials is comprehensive textbooks, basals, and scripted programs. This group will work to identify and publish thoughts around how where high quality instructional materials can intersect with locally created and curated materials 

Discipline, Consequences, and Social Justice

HB 4 (Civil Rights) and the de-regulation of cannabis and expungement of records related to cannabis infractions is changing the conversation of crime and punishment in our state more to social justice and support. The 2021 legislature also passed The CROWN Act and Black Education Act, both of which require changes to school discipline and dress code policies. This group will study direct and indirect impacts to K12 systems by these changes.

Poverty Measures

With the family income index and federal funding flowing along the Title I formula, and ongoing questions about how to focus resources to solve for the impacts of poverty on student achievement, New Mexico should consider looking at other models throughout the country for defining and measuring poverty that offer more accuracy, sophistication and nuance beyond lunch forms or lunch program data. 

Empowering students and families to be advocates in Special Education

Special education issues arise with predictability and regularly in the legislative session. In this past session, a Ombud bill passed that essentially creates a third party group to support families, based on the assumption that special education is complicated and neither school districts nor PED can be trusted to provide the advocacy and support that families feel they deserve. This study group will examine ways we can internal provide more support to be a partner to families and students in their experiences in special education. 

Heather Bassett and Joseph Escobedo will co-facilitate the following topics and study groups with the identified APS department leaders referenced below. 

The first meetings would be May 18, 20, 24, 25 and 27th

Meetings on the third week of each month, once a month:

  • High School Graduation Requirements: Starting May 20-Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:45pm

  • Poverty Measures: Tuesdays, Starting May 18 3:30pm-4:45pm  

Meetings on the fourth week of each month, once a month:

  • Instructional Materials: Starting May 24, Mondays, 3:30pm-4:45pm  

  • Discipline, Consequences, and Social Justice: Starting May 25, Tuesdays, 3:30pm-4:45pm

  • Special Education Advocates: Thursdays, Starting May 27, 3:30pm-4:45pm