We’ve had almost eight years of turmoil in New Mexico education. Brushing aside all the manipulated statistics and grandstanding, New Mexico’s education system still ranks at, or near, the bottom of all the states in educational achievement. The leadership of the Public Education Department and its agenda have failed us, not our schools or teachers.
We can do better – we must do better. Let’s describe an ideal secretary of education.
The new N.M. secretary of education must:
1) Be a true leader, inspiring, validating, encouraging and collaborating with all our teachers, school staff, principals, administrators and district leadership with a vision of what we can be. This means telling the truth at all times instead of constantly issuing self-serving press releases. We need someone who is more interested in New Mexico’s children than in padding a résumé hoping to step up to a better job.