EDUCATION (Adopted 1987; revised 1995, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017)
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico (LWVNM) believes that education is the cornerstone for perpetuating a strong and viable democracy. The public education system should impart to all students an understanding of the nature of democracy and the responsibilities of citizenship, the ability to think critically, and the skills necessary to continue to learn and function as adults in a complex society.
The League supports public schools as the primary method of educating students. The League opposes the presence of private, for-profit companies in the governance, management, and provision of public education. LWVNM believes that a regionally elected State Board of Education should be responsible for appointing a Superintendent of Public Instruction and directing education policy, regulation, and finances.
LWVNM supports the following strategies to ensure the greatest possible academic success for all students:
Practices for Student Success :
1. Use the Common Core State Standards to provide a framework for knowledge and the academic skills
students are expected to master, with flexibility for
to determine how
this body of knowledge and skills is imparted to students.
the standards are taught and measured.
2. Develop to each student's highest potential the
knowledge and skills needed for success in adult life, along with a broad understanding and appreciation of
history and prospects for the future.
3. Cultivate each student's capacity to solve problems and make decisions.
4. Provide opportunities for all students to develop their aesthetic awareness and creative abilities.
5. Foster an awareness of the rights,
privileges, and responsibilities of
in a democratic society
, and acceptance of the responsibilities involved.
6. Foster an understanding of basic economic principles and the need to manage resources for the benefit of both present and future generations.
7. Provide the tools to make wise
college and career
, as well as an
the importance of each individual's work in the local, national, and world economies.
8. Promote practices that lead to physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
9. Enhance the sense of community within the school, as a microcosm of the larger society, through standards of conduct that reflect a concern for the opinions, values, aspirations, and well-being of all.
10. Develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of students through experiential
technology for self-paced learning.
health and social service teams in the schools to identify and work with at-risk
and their parents or caregivers, with referrals to appropriate community agencies when necessary.
Early Childhood Education:
Secure collaboration among a broad base of community organizations, social service agencies, and
to enhance the development of children from birth to age five to prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond.
Evaluation of Teachers, Students, and School Performance:
Follow due process procedures when terminating teachers and principals who do not meet minimum standards.
Funding for Public Education (Adopted 1973; revised 1983, 1993, 2002, 2007, 2015)
A broadly -based distribution formula should be used that takes into consideration differences in student needs, teacher experience and qualifications, the number of schools and students in a district, level of education, capital outlay, and transportation.
Use a distribution formula that reflects differences in student needs, teacher experience and qualifications, the number of schools and students in a district, level of education, capital outlay, and transportation requirements.
Charter School Regulation (2016)
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico believes that every student should have access to a high quality, publicly funded education regardless of race, ethnicity, family income, or geographical location. The League believes in accountability, transparency, and equity in the use of public funds for education.
Charter schools are discretionary programs intended to fill unmet needs and/or to test innovative instructional strategies to produce quality educational outcomes. Policy makers must ensure that adequate funds are available for traditional public schools and define how charter schools fill unmet needs. Appropriate instructional and support services must be provided in all public schools to meet the diverse needs of individual students.
Regarding the mission of charter schools, the LWVNM believes the following:
For the sake of assuring accountability and transparency and minimizing the fiscal impact, LWVNM recommends the following:
LWVNM believes that public funding for virtual schools should be less per student since the schools do not require brick and mortar facilities.
League of Women Voters of New Mexico