Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Democrats joined the community to rally outside the PED hearing on proposed edits to Next Generation Science Education Standards to demand that the standards be adopted and implemented in their entirety. Hundreds of parents, teachers, students and concerned citizens took the street to ensure the facts were clear on the proposed edits.
During the rally, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg said, “Democrats are here because we care about New Mexico children…because we care about our future.”
In September, Governor Martinez’s Public Education Department proposed changes to the New Mexico K-12 Science Standards that omit basic scientific principles. The omissions have the potential to put New Mexico kids at a competitive disadvantage and risk their future endeavors.
The Bernalillo County Democratic Party Strike Force played a significant role gathering Democrats to attend the rally and submit comments opposing the changes to the Next Generation Standards.
Also present at the rally was Democratic N.M. Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (Los Alamos) who pointed out the economic impact the edits would have on our state, “This puts our state at risk of being dismissed by cutting edge industry.” Garcia Richard is also an elementary school teacher.
N.M. Representative Bill McCamley (Las Cruces) attended the hearing to defend the Next Generation Science Standards. McCamley carried a bill during the 2017 legislative session that would have required the state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards in their entirety. You can read the op-ed he penned with colleague and teacher N.M. Representative Adrés Romero (Albuquerque) here.
More information on the Next Generation Science Standards is available here.
Supporting groups at the rally included:
Bernalillo County Democratic Party Strike Force
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Conservation Voters of NM
Democratic Party of New Mexico
Food and Water Watch
Moms Clean Air Force
National Center for Science Education
National Education Association- New Mexico
New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
New Mexico Science Teachers
NM InterFaith Power and Light
NM Solar Energy Association
Retake Our Democracy
Santa Fe Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
Temple Beth Shalom