Democratic nominee for Governor, Gary King, announced his planned reforms for New Mexico’s beleaguered education system as students across the state returned to school Wednesday morning.
Among the initiatives announced, King’s number one priority is to “appoint a new and qualified Secretary of Education.” Others include utilizing New Mexico’s Permanent Fund to implement early childhood education for all New Mexican children, declaring a moratorium on all high-stakes standardized testing, and end the over testing of New Mexico’s students.
“I am proud of the legacy my family left before me, and as Governor I will make our public education system my top priority,” said King Wednesday. “We owe it to our kids to make a brighter future for all New Mexicans. I know that with these initiatives and this plan we can do that.”
“The future is what this campaign is all about,” said Deb Haaland, King’s running mate. “I’m excited to hear what parents, students and educators have to say on our nine city listening tour, beginning this Sunday in Gallup.”
“The only way that we are going to improve our school system in New Mexico is to listen to that input from professional educators,” said King, after receiving the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers. “So I am so proud to have the endorsement of the educators from across the state and from all levels, and I look forward to working with them hand in hand moving forward.”