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Senators Udall, Heinrich Congratulate New Mexico’s National Blue Ribbon Schools

Schools in Mora, Melrose and Newcomb receive prestigious national recognition U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich congratulated Mora High School, Melrose Elementary School and Newcomb Elementary School on being named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the awards today and recognized outstanding schools across the country for their

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Senator Udall: BIE Action Needed to Avoid Another Decade of Outdated Tribal Schools

Bipartisan letter urges Interior Department to assure transparency, fairness in school construction project prioritization process in Indian Country In order to uphold the United States government’s trust responsibility to provide a quality education for Native American students, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators to demand that the U.S. Department of the

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Education First: World Class Education for New Mexican Families

4 years ago Susana Martinez used education as one of her major campaign issues that she would focus on, if elected. What she didn’t say was that she intended to follow the right wing Republican playbook that blames teachers, students and parents as well as the unions that represent these hardworking men and women. First

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Gary King Announces Plan to Reform New Mexico’s Education System, AFT Endorsement

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

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Senators Udall, Heinrich Vote to Expand Access to Quality Child Care for New Mexico Working Families

U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 97-1 to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. The program, which had not been updated in nearly 20 years, helps New Mexico families obtain safe, reliable and affordable child care while they work, or pursue an education or career training. The bipartisan

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Governor Martinez Says NO To At-Risk Kids And Teachers

Before signing the $6.15 billion state budget, Governor Martinez in a heartless and uncaring manner, cut $15.2 million that would improve educational outcomes for at-risk and poverty level students. Then she vetoed a $2000 increase in minimum salary levels for experienced level two and level three teachers. Why? DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman: “New Mexico’s at

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NM Senate Democrats Stall Nomination of Anti-Education Nominee Skandera

Governor Martinez loses battle to win confirmation for failed education nominee New Mexico’s Senate Democrats won a victory this week by refusing to confirm anti-education nominee Hanna Skandera. For over 3 years Governor Martinez has tried and failed to win confirmation for this incompetent and inexperienced education consultant. After moving to New Mexico, Ms. Skandera

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NM House Republicans Kill Bill to Fund Early Childhood Education

Senate Joint Resolution 4, sponsored by Senator Tim Keller (D-Bernalillo-17) was killed by House Republicans on the House floor yesterday evening on a 34 to 32 vote. SJR4 is a constitutional amendment, and required 36 votes to pass. Republicans successfully killed the bill that funds early childhood education. The bill, as amended ensured solvency for

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House Republicans Vote Against Teacher Pay Raises

House Republicans vote to kill a House Education Committee report on House Bill 391 today on the house floor on a 30 to 33 vote. House Bill 391, is a sub for House Bill 67 sponsored by Representative Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo – 21), Chair of House Education Committee, which would increase the current salary minimums

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House Republicans Undermine Salary Increases for Educators

House Bill 67, sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo – 21), Chair of House Education Committee, would increase the current salary minimums for teachers over the next 5 years to $40,000 for Level I, $50,000 for Level II, and $60,000 for Level III. Earlier this week, house Republicans, in an unconstitutional maneuver, changed HB 67,

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