Education

Democrats believe that an educated populace is the cornerstone of sustainable democracy, and the single most important driver of economic prosperity. Affordable, high-quality pre-K through college education is a basic right that is protected by New Mexican’s dedicated, high-quality educators. We believe that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that the public education system prepares all to participate meaningfully in society.

We affirm:

  1. A high quality public education is a basic right and a sound investment with real and tangible returns for our citizens and economy and is a necessary component of a healthy democracy;
  2. That we must adequately fund and incentivize advanced research in our Universities and National Laboratories to restore our country’s scientific edge and global competitiveness;
  3. New Mexico should meet or exceed the nationwide average salary and benefits for educational professionals;
  4. A capitalist democracy which depends upon an informed public should prioritize financial literacy, critical thinking, and civics as a means of sustaining, stewarding, and strengthening American democracy; and
  5. That teachers are highly dedicated and motivated professionals and reject punitive impacts to their evaluations. Impacts to the reputations and grades of community schools based on standardized test data does not adequately quantify the quality of education provided.

We Will:

  1. Urge our New Mexico legislators to find additional and diversified sources of revenue to protect the public education system from volatility in the oil and gas market;
  2. Support increasing the distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to support early childhood education;
  3. We support equitable education that allocates resources based on need so all students can succeed regardless of where they are from;
  4. Support fully funded, free public education for every student from early childhood education through vocational and/or debt-free college education;
  5. Support training programs around the state to prepare workers for solar and wind technology, installation, and maintenance;
  6. We support the development of a teacher evaluation model that utilizes multiple indicators based on classroom and school evidence;
  7. Support rescinding the waiver for oversized classrooms and restoring class sizes to their pre-shortfall levels by hiring more teachers;
  8. Support proficiency in second languages including coding as a requirement for graduation from any state-accredited high school in New Mexico;
  9. Resist federal programs that weaken schools by funding private school vouchers with public school money;
  10. Support LGBTQIA inclusive comprehensive sex education;
  11. Support resources for the diversification of curriculum for students with specific needs including but not limited to special education and gifted, high and low achieving students, low income, and English as second language;
  12. Support vocational education throughout the state in community colleges and other educational institutions;
  13. Support the rights of teachers and parents to influence their own curriculum;
  14. Support programs for prisoner reform through education that is uniformed statewide including obtaining a GED, a high school diploma, an advanced degree, or vocational training while supporting a state property tax;
  15. Support intensive immersion programs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and foreign languages for all students;
  16. Support community college education and other opportunities to ensure all citizens can be trained and certified to work in the evolving job markets of the future;
  17. Support having a Registered Nurse present in every public school;
  18. Support having at least one social worker in every public school, based on school enrollment;
  19. Support the inclusion of cultural sensitivity training for staff, board members, and students and implement trainings into lesson plans; and
  20. Encourage and support programs for anti-bullying, mental and behavioral health, and conflict resolution in the schools including substance use and recovery with family participation