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Teachers’ petition on the move

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A decorated teachers’ union bus made its way Monday from Albuquerque to Belen to Socorro, gathering signatures along the way on a petition with the stated goal of “reclaiming the promise of great community schools.”

The event was part of what organizers described as a National Day of Action in support of local schools.

Today the bus is scheduled to arrive at Chaparral Elementary School at breakfast time, Las Cruces for lunch and in the evening another southern New Mexico town, said Stephanie Ly, president of the American Federation of Teachers, New Mexico.

The opening of the petition reads, “New Mexico wants great neighborhood public schools that are safe and welcoming, are fully funded and have teachers who are well-prepared, are well-supported, and have manageable class sizes and time to collaborate.”

The petition, which was also posted online, continues, “We want our schools to be centers of our communities and ensure that children and families have access to wraparound services to meet their social, emotional and health needs. We want curriculum that focuses on teaching and learning, not testing, and that includes art, music and the sciences. We want to put the public back in public education.”

In the first 36 hours of the campaign, more than 2,000 people had signed, she said.