The New Mexico Legislature has unanimously confirmed Dr. Karen Trujillo as the Secretary of Public Education. She is a New Mexico native and brings a strong, diverse practitioner background to the job. Karen served on the NMCEL Board for many years and has been a champion for supporting our teacher educator development through her many roles including Educators Rising. Already, she has reached out to Superintendents and other educational leaders to engage the “field” in policy direction and decision-making. In her Senate Rules Committee Hearing, she used a fitting analogy to a rebuilding of a northern New Mexico church in which her family was part, in urging us, New Mexicans, to build back our New Mexico Public Education System “adobe by adobe and brick by brick” until it is a fulfillment of our community. Congratulations to our new Secretary of Public Education, Dr. Karen Trujillo!
As we begin the last week of the 54th NM Legislative Session there remains a lot of unfinished business. This afternoon the Senate Finance Committee will release the Senate version of HB 2, General Appropriations Act. In the same committee, HB 360, Educational Retirement Changes, will be heard as well as HB 501, Increase Certain PERA & ERB Contributions. Both bills have passed the House and are on the last track in the Senate. Their journey has been challenging. Both bills will see the Employer Contributions amended from .05% to .25%. At this stage nothing is guaranteed.
One of my husband's high school football coaches once said that, "Success happens when opportunity and preparation collide." I can attest to that the educators of New Mexico are well prepared. I have watched in awe as educational leaders have traveled across the state to come together to create an educational plan that will positively support all NM students. With all our educational partners including our new governor-elect, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, we have the opportunity to make some positive changes to public education that will improve access to foundational programs for all kids! Success lies ahead...
Thank you for your continued commitment to our NM kids!
Maria L. Jaramillo, M.S. CCC-SLP