State education chief hears ABQ concerns - Albuquerque Journal

State education chief hears ABQ concerns

Albuquerque parents, teachers, business leaders and elected officials gathered Tuesday to offer their two cents on education.

New Mexico’s Public Education Department organized the community meeting to get input on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, a successor to No Child Left Behind that gives states more policy control.

State Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is holding forums in six cities, from Farmington to Las Cruces, and will review the feedback before she completes an ESSA plan for the U.S. Department of Education. Nonpartisan policy organization New Mexico First collaborated with PED to organize and facilitate the series of meetings.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to travel around our state, hear community voices and share some of our resources and successes,” Skandera said.

On Tuesday, participants were divided into small groups in a conference room at Central New Mexico Community College’s Workforce Training Center. Each person had a chance to share opinions on teacher evaluations, school grades, academic requirements, standardized testing and other areas.

The discussions were wide ranging, touching on the poor economy, low teacher pay, ethnic diversity and poverty.

A number of attendees worried that educators are “teaching to the test” because their evaluations are tied to assessments such as the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Jeff Tuttle, a third-grade teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School, said he was happy to hear from people with varied backgrounds and approaches to education.

“It’s always nice to have the opportunity to come together at many different levels,” he said. “I think as a country, we have forgotten how to engage with political controversy in a productive way, and people are used to talking around each other.”

Tuttle suggested that PED hold statewide community meetings every year.

Albuquerque Public Schools board member Peggy Muller-Aragón also thought the conversation was valuable. She attended with fellow APS board members Lorenzo Garcia, Barbara Petersen and Analee Maestas.

“This shows that the governor and secretary of education want to listen to everybody, and a lot of times, that’s not what we hear,” Muller-Aragón said. “They really do care what teachers think and parents think and administrators think.”

Albuquerque was the fourth city on the ESSA tour, which kicked off in Gallup on Oct. 12, then stopped in Farmington and Santa Fe. Next, Skandera will travel south to Roswell and Las Cruces.

New Mexico First will review all the community input and compile a report later this year. PED officials hope to submit their ESSA plan by March.


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

Nativo Sponsored Content

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Rio Rancho snowboarder dies at Sipapu
ABQnews Seeker
A 28-year-old snowboarder from Rio Rancho ... A 28-year-old snowboarder from Rio Rancho died Saturday at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, according ...
2
Lobos must toughen up mentally for rivalry with Aggies
ABQnews Seeker
The UNM Lobos have work to ... The UNM Lobos have work to do before being ready for a tough road environment like they'll see Tuesday against the NMSU Aggies.
3
Navajo Nation adds 23 more COVID cases
ABQnews Seeker
Reservation has had a total of ... Reservation has had a total of 1,540 deaths
4
Automatic recounts scheduled for close races
ABQnews Seeker
School board, council contests, ballot question ... School board, council contests, ballot question qualify for new tallies
5
What the heck is going on at Paseo and ...
ABQnews Seeker
New configuration for bike lane confuses ... New configuration for bike lane confuses many
6
Citywide heat map released
ABQnews Seeker
July temperatures nearly 17 degrees higher ... July temperatures nearly 17 degrees higher in some areas
7
Omicron cases rise as nations rush to learn more ...
ABQnews Seeker
Scientists urge caution even as countries ... Scientists urge caution even as countries shut borders
8
Fatal crashes make up the bulk behind $2.5M settlement
ABQnews Seeker
Payments from city were made to ... Payments from city were made to settle 22 cases during a six-month period
9
Experts: 'Ace in the Hole' foreshadowed today's media
ABQnews Seeker
Dark tale chronicled use of public ... Dark tale chronicled use of public manipulation, hysteria