New Mexico’s Legislature must get back to basics and focus on the 3 Rs:
This is the only way to honor our New Mexico public educators and provide our students with the education they deserve.
ACT NOW FOR NEW MEXICO STUDENTS & EDUCATORS
Salaries, healthcare, better staffing, and a dignified retirement are only a first step, we must go further.
We are demanding a commitment that will ensure we do more than survive as public school employees—we want to thrive, and we want our students to thrive.
Educators must be shown the respect and trust we have earned and be allowed to teach to our students’ strengths and meet their areas in need of growth in innovative ways.
By investing in well prepared, well respected, and well-paid educational employees New Mexico will be able to compete nationally during a time of unprecedented shortages.
We ask for your support by signing our petition and statement of values to demand the New Mexico Legislature act before it is too late!
THE 3Rs FOR NEW MEXICO EDUCATORS
Educators have demonstrated long before and during the pandemic that we will serve our students regardless of what it takes. If New Mexico wants to recruit and retain quality educators, all successful paths forward must be built on a foundation of professional respect for those who serve our students every day.
Working in education should be an attractive career choice. We can make careers in education more attractive with investments in scholarships, residency programs, and student loan forgiveness. Recruitment is tied to respect—when we are respected, more educators will join us.
We love our careers, we love working with our students, and we believe in public education. Educators need a reason to stay and keep our public education system moving forward. New Mexico can retain quality educators by supporting substantial raises and meaningful efforts to ensure the well-being of educators' families and their future.
THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO PUBLIC EDUCATION
1,000 classroom teacher vacancies
20,000 students without a permanent teacher
New Mexico has among the lowest teacher pay in the nation.
Low wages for vital school staff like bus drivers and custodians
Grossly underfunded pension fund for educators
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