Education Reform is About Allocating Resources Into the Classroom and Putting Kids First

Posted On October 5, 2015

Education Reform is About Allocating Resources Into the Classroom and Putting Kids First

Albuquerque, NM– For years, Governor Martinez and Republican lawmakers have been looking to reform New Mexico’s education system.  While some efforts have been successful, special interest groups continue to fight against reform at all costs.

“Special interest groups and legislators who want to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result continue to let our kids down,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Republicans championed several successful classroom-based initiatives, like raising starting salaries for teachers and promoting new reading initiatives to give struggling students the help they need and deserve.

There is still more to do, so Republicans and even some Democrats continue the call for an end to the failed policy of social promotion. But those who defend the status quo are gearing up for another fight in the State Legislature.

Social promotion is the failed practice of passing kids onto the next grade even though they are not reading at grade level.

A majority of New Mexico voters support ending social promotion. In fact, the recent Albuquerque Journal Poll pegged support at 67%.

“Despite overwhelming bipartisan support from New Mexicans to end the failed practice of socially promoting students, Senate Democrats are preparing to deny another vote on the Senate Floor,” Garrett concluded.

During the 60-day Legislative Session earlier this year, Senate Democrats voted to block an attempt to bring a bill to end social promotion from reaching the Senate Floor.

Further background information is below:

The Most Recent Albuquerque Journal Poll Showed That A VastMajority of New Mexicans Support Third Grade Retention. “About two-thirds of New Mexico voters support a state law that would require public schools to hold back students who struggle to read by the end of the third grade, according to a new Journal Poll. ‘The vast majority of New Mexico registered voters support holding back the third-graders (who struggle to read),’ said Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc.” (“Journal Poll: Strong Support For Retention Requirement,” The Albuquerque Journal,  2/23/15)

During The Past Legislative Session, Senate Democrats Blocked A Full Debate And Vote On Legislation To End Social Promotion. “An attempt by Senate Republicans to dislodge a House-approved bill addressing so-called social promotion was thwarted Monday night by the chamber’s Democratic majority.” (“Bid To ‘Blast’ Social Promotion Measure To Senate Floor Fails,” The Albuquerque Journal, 3/17/2015)