Sitting on the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education comes with an enormous responsibility: preparing our children for whatever comes next. It’s not an easy task considering two-thirds of students qualify for free meals, more than 16% are classified as English language learners and about 17% have learning disabilities.
The Journal Editorial Board makes its endorsements for school board based on candidates’ qualifications – board members have to oversee what this year was a $1.6 billion budget, and APS is the largest employer in the city – but also on their plan for optimizing student achievement. School board members need to have a clear-eyed view of the challenges facing the district and a road map to make sure our students get the best shot they can at life.
District 1 – Madelyn A. Jones
Madelyn Jones would bring important viewpoints to the APS Board that have been lacking – the viewpoint of a parent of a special-needs student who went on to get two college degrees and a business owner who tries to hire APS graduates.