As the New Year begins, educators across New Mexico are bracing for a new semester of teaching and for the changes headed their way under the leadership of recently sworn-in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
As such, only a few days after officially taking office, the governor has sent a clear message by signing executive orders putting a halt to the contentious PARCC test and the faulty system used to evaluate teachers in New Mexico. For many, this is regarded as a positive sign, one indicating that we might finally be headed in the right direction.
As a longtime educator who has continuously been immersed in the battle to demand equity in what remains an inequitable educational system and has worked extensively in preparing future teachers, hearing Lujan Grisham’s inauguration speech and now witnessing the doing away of PARCC in one swift move has left me hopeful.
I am hopeful that after eight long years of what seemed like a never-ending nightmare in education, great change might finally take place.