ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hundreds of charter school students, parents, teachers and activists gathered at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday to celebrate National School Choice Week – “the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education.”
From right, Michelle Chustz, Cristina Salazar and Crystal Carbajal, from Tierra Adentro of New Mexico, an Albuquerque charter school, perform “Jota de Murcia,” a dance from Spain, on stage at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)
Organized by the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools, the event included a variety of speakers, along with dance performances and live music from local students.
Matthew Pahl, the coalition’s executive director, touted the progress the state’s charter school sector has seen over the years.
New Mexico’s list of top 10 schools includes five charters, with the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science ranked number one.