What Does Education Reform Really Mean?

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We are committed to helping parents and citizens of New Mexico really understand what the education “reforms” mandated by Gov. Martinez and her education secretary-designate Hanna Skandera really mean.

Opposing Viewpoints

Education Reforms mean different things to different people: the politicians and the people they are impacting with their money-driven policies. Read two opposing views:

1. This is written by N.M. Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera and her Chiefs for Change comrade, TN Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman: Washington Post opinion column July 24, 2014

2. This column is written by two moms, N.M.’s Kathy Korte and Tennessee’s Jennifer Proseus. Both moms are helping lead the fight against Skandera-Huffman deforms in our schools: Rio Rancho Observer column Aug. 10, 2014

Fighting for Gary King

Stand4KidsNM is focused on the 2014 gubernatorial election, which pits incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez against Democrat Gary King. Stand4KidsNM stands proudly with King. Why?

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1. Gary King believes as we do that the constitution requires a qualified educator to hold the position of Secretary of Education. Hanna Skandera is a policy wonk. She is not an educator.

2. Gary King believes as we do that the testing nightmare imposed on kids is wrong. There are social solutions to improving education. With New Mexico ranked 49th in child welfare under Gov. Martinez (KidsCount), we must address poverty in our state in tandem with solid education policies that help our students.

3. Gary King is opposed to rating teachers based on a Value Added Model, or VAM, that uses student test scores to grade teachers.

Read more about Gary’s vision for education in New Mexico: http://www.garykingforgovernor.com/gk-issues/fighting-for-our-kids-schools-and-teachers/

Join King and Stand4KidsNM. Let’s change the current deforms that put our taxpayer dollars into the hands of corporations that are raking in millions to test our children and demoralize our teachers. Let’s say NO to Martinez and Skandera TOGETHER.

Learn more about Gary King here: http://www.garykingforgovernor.com/

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Also, you may want to read more about what Stand4KidsNM did during the recent legislative session in January. Read our daily letters to lawmakers here. They really sum up the issues we face as parents, teachers and students: S4KNM_emails_Legislative Session 2014

And here are documents that explain the budget and why we oppose more of our taxpayer dollars going to the Public Education Department:

Below the Line Spending by the Public Education Department: PED Language_SB313_final budget

Above the Line Spending for Districts: Public School Support_SB313_final

Table of SB313, the state budget: sb313 Table

You can contact Stand4KidsNM co-founders on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stand4kidsnm