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Forum on future of education in New Mexico to be held in ABQ, Santa Fe

The New Mexico Public Education Department is giving community members a chance to weigh in on the state’s educational future.

PED will host a public forum Tuesday on the Every Student Succeeds Act, a broad law that covers areas such as teacher evaluations and standardized testing.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Central New Mexico Community College Workforce Training Center, Room 101 or 103, 5600 Eagle Rock NE.

“I am excited about the engagement,” said Education Secretary Hanna Skandera. “New Mexico is poised to be in a position to look at how do we best support our teachers and students?”

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Albuquerque is the fourth stop in the department’s statewide Every Student Succeeds Act tour. Skandera has already held forums in Gallup and Farmington, and she will visit Santa Fe on Monday. The tour wraps up in Roswell and Las Cruces.

Skandera said turnout has been strong.

The first two events were filled to capacity with teachers, parents, community leaders, school board members and superintendents.

“The folks I have talked to are encouraged that we have a solid foundation” Skandera said. “Often, we only report on the negative things, and there are some really positive things taking place.”

Public policy organization New Mexico First is partnering with PED to host the meetings and compile the feedback into a report.

PED must send the U.S. Department of Education its Every Student Succeeds Act implementation plan by July.

ESSA was signed into law in December 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind.

To register for PED’s community forums, go to www.nmfirst.org/events and click on the details tab.

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