The 2018-2019 School Year is underway throughout New Mexico and it looks like an eventful year for our New Mexico Public Schools. Over the summer, a number of things have occurred that will surely affect our future and potentially change the landscape of our journey. We also saw scholarships, awards, and momentum that help us remember the legacy work we are doing every day. The newsletter this month reflects all of this and more. I hope you find it a great read and come back month after month to see what progress is being made. These are items of note that I suggest you consider: 1. The Plaintiffs (Districts) prevailed in the Sufficiency Lawsuit called the “Martinez/Yazzie Matter”; 2. The State projects that the revenue for the general fund in FY 19 is likely to be considerably more than allocated in the General Appropriations Act for FY 19; 3. The NMSSA Work Group that has established basic principles for New Mexico Public Education has begun the final framework for action and funding; 4. NMCEL recognized a talented set of Administrators of the Year during the Summer Conference and Awarded Scholarships to Students who plan on entering the educational workforce soon.
As we begin another school year, we are poised for yet another administrative change in our state’s leadership. However, we are all hopeful that this transition will be different for the NM educators. We believe that through the NMSSA Education Plan and the Martinez/Yazzie Ruling earlier this year, educator partners will be able to message our shared principles to address critical actions necessary to move NM Public Education forward. After all, WE ARE NM SCHOOLS!
Our strength as an education community lies with our abundant relationships forged in all corners of this great state. Our NMCEL affiliates represent all the education leader organizations that support teachers and students...keeping a pulse on NM education. I look forward to working with all of you through the 2018-19 school year. Your continued dedication and commitment to our children is inspiring. Thank you for allowing me to serve as NMCEL President and join you on this important journey!
Maria L. Jaramillo, M.S. CCC-SLP