Commission Would Attempt To Address Inequity in N.M. Education

Jan 20, 2020

New Mexico lawmakers are continuing to respond to widespread disparities in public schools based on race, class, ability and more. There’s a proposal to address inequity by setting up a plan and a new state commission. But advocates say the bill isn’t exactly what students need in the now.

The measure would task a commission—appointed by political leaders—to develop a long-term plan to better prepare all New Mexico students for the future. 

Charles Goodmacher is with the Transform Education New Mexico Coalition.  

“We don’t need another commission to really understand a lot of the needs,” Goodmacher said. “We know a lot of the needs now.”

He said it’s more important for students to share a language and culture with their teachers.   

Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mimi Stewart, the measure comes as a response to days of testimony in a 2018 court case that New Mexico had failed to provide basic needs for success in the classroom — especially for Native American and students from families with lower incomes. 

Over a dozen parents and educators would also be appointed to the state’s commission.  

The bill is on the calendar in the legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 21.