As dedicated teachers in New Mexico’s rural communities, we’ve often been discouraged by politicians wildly swinging the education pendulum at our students’ expense. Talk to other teachers with over 10 years of experience and they will tell stories of oft-switched policies that don’t fully consider the impact on classrooms.
This time around, we as teacher leaders begged for a smooth transition between administrations.
The past nine months have been the most unstable of our careers.
The uneasy feeling started in 2018 with then-Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski attempting to reassure us at various teacher leadership meetings across the state. He shared that the new administration, whomever they were, would inherit a $1 billion surplus, the nation’s top-rated state plan and a strong team. He outlined how New Mexico had drawn on input from thousands of diverse stakeholders, empirical research and the best ideas from both parties over the past two decades, while also seeding forward-looking innovative programs.