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New Mexico Republican lawmakers are saying post-election 2014 that they refuse to compromise on the education policies that are getting the most criticism. That’s a shame. It shows a lack of consideration that maybe — just maybe — some of the education policies do need to be scrutinized further and made better.
Our efforts to educate people about standardized tests and how they are unfairly being used in our schools will not end with the 2014 General Election.
N.M. educator Dr. Jessica McCord summed up our situation beautifully. Her letter got 35,000 views on our Facebook page and was shared 247 times.
As Dr. McCord wrote: “As a concerned citizen and an educator, I have to take responsibility for communicating with my elected officials and believe that my voice can make a difference.”
You can expect parents and teachers to continue to raise our voices for our children and public schools. Whether New Mexico Republicans want to dig in their heels or not, we are not going away.
How We Will Continue to Educate Parents, Citizens About the Education Policies Hurting our Schools
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.
Here is a great and honest story done by Las Cruces’ KRWG about Stand4KidsNM and our efforts to educate parents about the truth behind Gov. Martinez and Hanna Skandera education policies:
This study, done by the Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education is a must-read. Pay particular attention to Pages 32-33, conclusions. (CESE is comprised of scientists, engineers, educators, university faculty, members of the clergy, and parents. The coalition works to improve science education and science literacy for all citizens.)
This conclusion by the American Statistical Association says that the math model used as the basis for Gov. Martinez’s testing reforms is a sham.
We will continue to write letters to editors and to our lawmakers. It is a fact that education reforms mean different things to different people: the politicians and the people they are impacting with their money-driven policies. Here is a compilation of some of our efforts:
1. In response to this column 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 two moms wrote this rebuttal: Rio Rancho Observer column Aug. 10, 2014
2. Read what Albuquerque parent Wendy Simms Small wrote about her experience with the Martinez education policies in the New Mexico Mercury
3. Here’s a letter to the editor of the Rio Rancho Observer written by Eve Candelaria of Albuquerque, whose two children attend APS schools.
4. An editorial written by NM Refuse the Test founder Kris Nielsen and APS Board Member Kathy Korte was printed in newspapers across New Mexico.
5. And this editorial written by APS Board Member Kathy Korte appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News.
6. The Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education has been digging through the mathematical models that are the focus of the most criticism in the new teacher evaluation system imposed by rule and not statute. Read this editorial, which appeared in the Albuquerque Journal.