American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation,
and Albuquerque Educational Assistants Association Respond to NM PED School Closure Threats
American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Albuquerque Educational Assistants Association President Kathy Chavez, and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:
“Yesterday, Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced the New Mexico Public Education Department is placing four elementary schools on “rigorous intervention” tracks – three in the Albuquerque Public School district, and one in the Dulce Independent School district.
“It is incredibly disheartening that instead of re-doubling efforts to help these four schools, the New Mexico PED has once again chosen to revert to old, worn-out labeling. Instead of making meaningful investments in early interventions for our students, the New Mexico PED has threatened school closures – a tactic that has been proven to destroy communities, and not help students. Instead of working to promote ways to combat pervasive poverty, high levels of student mobility, and other systemic issues, the New Mexico PED has chosen to single out schools based solely on standardized test scores.
“We will work collaboratively with district leadership to ensure no schools are closed and that our teachers and parents will not fear for their students’ educations. We challenge the New Mexico PED and the Secretary-designate to fully embrace meaningful interventions for all of New Mexico’s schools and break away of the status quo approach of blaming and shaming our students, schools, and educators.”