Another year in the books. This time of year, as I recall, is one of considerable activity as you prepare your budget for next year, perform those final evaluations, set up staffing for next year, graduate those students that you have worked so hard to get across the stage, and find the inspiration to begin “visioning” where you and your district are heading next year. From my chair, I want to recognize your hard work and give you thanks on behalf of all of us in the system of public education in New Mexico. Recently, I found data that shows your hard work is accomplishing many of our goals. For example, our graduation rate in New Mexico has been on a steady increase and has moved New Mexico onto par with our nation and in many cases, beyond – congratulations!
Find attached the Executive Message and the final actions of the Governor yesterday on HB5. Importantly, please note the line item veto listed in the Message. This line item veto apparently adds flexibility on the instructional time involved in the minimum days requirement. I am reaching out to the Secretary to assist us in conveying how this relaxed requirement will affect the “rules of engagement” for both the 4 day week districts as well as the 5 day week districts. Quite possibly, for example, districts could issue a 160 or 180 day teachers’ contract and use an extension of instruction time (10 more days) from current practice and still meet the extended learning time requirements. Please note that there were no line item vetoes applied to the K-5+ provisions.
I will send you further information as it is made available.
NM Coalition of Educational Leaders/
NM School Superintendents Association
6600 Palomas Ave, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
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