State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Education


Bob Walsh: Taxpayers shouldn't help pay off existing student loans

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: Under no circumstance should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Gavin Clarkson: YOU agree to pay back student loans, not the taxpayers

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: None. It's egregious to expect an auto mechanic who paid their way through technical school to pay off loans for someone who majored in art history and cannot find a job. When you agree to take out a loan, YOU agree to pay it back, not the taxpayers.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Mark Ronchetti: Give parents opportunity to choose the right public school

A quality education is one of the most important factors in helping every child chase his or her dreams. For too long, our leaders have let our education system fall behind all of our neighboring states. Mark will fight for public charter schools in New Mexico and the value they bring to underserved communities. Giving parents the opportunity to choose the right public school for their child should be a freedom that is accessible to all New Mexicans.
Source: 2020 New Mexico Senate campaign website MarkRonchetti.com Aug 30, 2020

Ben Ray Lujan: Dismantle skyrocketing costs of higher education

Currently, a college education is out of reach for far too many or it leaves young people saddled with unmanageable debt for decades. This must change. I am a proud supporter of multiple pieces of legislation designed to dismantle the skyrocketing costs of higher education. Despite a growing economy, I know we still need greater resources to encourage young people to build their lives and careers in New Mexico through technical training and apprenticeships.
Source: 2020 New Mexico Senate campaign website BenRayLujan .com Jul 8, 2020

Bob Walsh: Supports vouchers for school choice

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Strongly support

Source: OnTheIssues interview for 2020 New Mexico race May 1, 2020

Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Pay teachers more; hire more teachers: education a priority

It would be inaccurate to say we chose education as our top priority. Transforming our public education ecosystem is no less than a moral mandate. We've got to pay educators more and we've got to hire more educators. In our first two years, we will have provided a 10 percent across-the-board raise for our educators--as compared to only 6% total over the eight years before that. Once again: Education was not a priority then. It is now.
Source: 2020 New Mexico State of the State address Jan 21, 2020

Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Make tuition-free higher education a reality

New Mexico was the first to guarantee higher education for all. Now, we as a state have fallen behind. We can round out our world-class cradle-to-career educational philosophy with a comprehensive embrace of universal higher education: The Opportunity Scholarship. We have the power to make tuition-free higher education a reality, benefiting an astounding 55,000 New Mexico students this fall. Students want it; parents want it; let's give them the opportunity.
Source: 2020 New Mexico State of the State address Jan 21, 2020

Maggie Toulouse Oliver: Focus on best education within our public school system

Asked how she stands apart from Ben Ray Lujan, Toulouse Oliver suggested she would bring a different voice to the race--that of a single mother still paying off student loans and a candidate who has pledged to reject funding from industries such as pharmaceuticals.

"I've been raising kids and trying to get the best education for them within our school system, and contending with student loan debt and these issues that everyday New Mexicans deal with," she said.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Apr 24, 2019

Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Raise school salaries; pay for supplies; universal pre-K

We are going to deliver a moonshot for public education in New Mexico: A half billion dollars for our classrooms, new money, put to its best possible use, right now. We are going to raise our educators' salaries by 6 percent across the board. We are going to raise the minimum salaries for every level of educators by at least 10 percent. And we're putting $5 million into a fund for teachers to buy supplies for their classrooms - so that they are no longer paying out of pocket. This is the moment we put New Mexico on the path to universal pre-k. We need the classroom slots, we need the educators, and we need the educators who will educate the educators. My budget calls for investing $60 million in new pre-k classroom slots so we increase our statewide enrollment to 80 percent within the next five years. And that includes money for early childhood educator scholarships, so that we are proactively building and supporting the next generation of top-flight educators.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Mexico legislature Jan 15, 2019

Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Target aid for Native American & bilingual students

I have proposed an almost 200 percent increase in our Indian Education Fund. Our Native American students will not be left behind. And an additional $55 million for our bilingual and multicultural programs, training more dual-language qualified teachers and ensuring bilingual families will not be left behind. Let our unique multicultural identity be a shining light for this country. Let us show the world how inclusion and empowerment make all of us stronger.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Mexico legislature Jan 15, 2019

Gavin Clarkson: Concealed carry in the classroom for select teachers

Q: What gun law changes would you support?

A: I'd support concealed carry in the classroom for select teachers and administrators.

Q: What other measures would you support to make schools safer?

A: After 9/11, we didn't go on a nationwide hunt to ban box cutters. Instead we made it harder to get them onto planes. Likewise with schools, we need to harden soft targets. Local school systems should be able to allow concealed carry in the classroom for teachers with proper training.

Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Gavin Clarkson: Constitution doesn't mention education, so keep feds out

Q: Should the federal government play a role in setting education policy for the nation's public schools?

A: Article I, Section 8 explicitly delegates specific powers to Congress. Altogether, the Constitution lists 30 to 35 (depending how they are counted), education is mentioned nowhere in the entire document. My position, and I think the position of our nation's Founding Fathers, is local control of local schools.

Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Gary Johnson: Competition improves choices

Q: Help parents send children to private schools with public money?

Martin Heinrich (D): No. "Privatization policies would be especially damaging to rural New Mexico"

Gary Johnson (L): Yes. Competition improves choices. "Why can't we apply that to schools?"

Mick Rich (R): Yes. Supports "vouchers, savings accounts, & scholarship programs."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Gary Johnson: Cut Pell grants; eliminate all student loans

Q: Refinance student loans at lower rates, by increasing high earner taxes (Elizabeth Warren bill)? Increase aid, like Pell Grants?

Martin Heinrich (D): Yes. Co-sponsored Warren bill in 2017. Co-sponsored bill to "address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants,"

Gary Johnson (L): Supported elimination of all student loans, though would explore reduced interest. Called for Pell Grants cuts.

Mick Rich (R): Consolidate income-contingent loans. Let Pell grants cover job training.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Martin Heinrich: Privatization especially hurts rural schools

Q: Help parents send children to private schools with public money?

Martin Heinrich (D): No. "Privatization policies would be especially damaging to rural New Mexico"

Gary Johnson (L): Yes. Competition improves choices. "Why can't we apply that to schools?"

Mick Rich (R): Yes. Supports "vouchers, savings accounts, & scholarship programs."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Martin Heinrich: Address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants

Q: Refinance student loans at lower rates, by increasing high earner taxes (Elizabeth Warren bill)? Increase aid, like Pell Grants?

Martin Heinrich (D): Yes. Co-sponsored Warren bill in 2017. Co-sponsored bill to "address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants,"

Gary Johnson (L): Supported elimination of all student loans, though would explore reduced interest. Called for Pell Grants cuts.

Mick Rich (R): Consolidate income-contingent loans. Let Pell grants cover job training.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Supports universal pre-K; opposes school vouchers

Q: Increase funding for K-12 education?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Supports passing constitutional amendment to allow distributions from NM Permanent Fund. Also supports universal pre-K & shifting funding from administrators to classroom teachers.

Steve Pearce (R): Unclear. Reluctant to dip into Permanent Fund, for pre-K or in general. "Far more complex than just throwing more money at the situation." Support better management, mental health support & apprenticeship programs.

Q: Provide publicly funded vouchers to help pay for private schools?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): No. Strongly opposes school vouchers.

Steve Pearce (R): Yes. "Vouchers break link of low-income & low-quality schools."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Expand Pell Grants; lower student loan interest

Q: Increase funding for higher education?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Find sources of money to replace lottery. In Congress opposed budget that would have lowered Pell Grants.

Steve Pearce (R): No. "Right now we don't have the money." Must first grow the economy. so that we have the money.

Q: Increase federal or state student financial aid?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Backed Elizabeth Warren proposal to lower student interest rates by taxing the wealthy. Also backed Pell Grant support & financial aid for people not pursuing 4-year degree.

Steve Pearce (R): Unclear. Voted for a 2015 Federal budget that significantly cut Pell Grants. Also 2006 budget that cut student loan support in favor of deficit reduction.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Mick Rich: Supports vouchers, savings accounts, & scholarship programs

Q: Help parents send children to private schools with public money?

Martin Heinrich (D): No. "Privatization policies would be especially damaging to rural New Mexico"

Gary Johnson (L): Yes. Competition improves choices. "Why can't we apply that to schools?"

Mick Rich (R): Yes. Supports "vouchers, savings accounts, & scholarship programs."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mick Rich: Let Pell grants cover job training

Q: Refinance student loans at lower rates, by increasing high earner taxes (Elizabeth Warren bill)? Increase aid, like Pell Grants?

Martin Heinrich (D): Yes. Co-sponsored bill to "address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants,"

Gary Johnson (L): Supported elimination of all student loans, though would explore reduced interest. Called for Pell Grants cuts.

Mick Rich (R): No position on Warren bill. Consolidate income-contingent loans. Let Pell grants cover job training.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Steve Pearce: Vouchers break link of low-income & low-quality schools

Q: Increase funding for K-12 education?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Supports passing constitutional amendment to allow distributions from NM Permanent Fund. Also supports universal pre-K & shifting funding from administrators to classroom teachers.

Steve Pearce (R): Unclear. Reluctant to dip into Permanent Fund, for pre-K or in general. "Far more complex than just throwing more money at the situation." Support better management, mental health support & apprenticeship programs.

Q: Provide publicly funded vouchers to help pay for private schools?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): No. Strongly opposes school vouchers.

Steve Pearce (R): Yes. "Vouchers break link of low-income & low-quality schools."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Steve Pearce: Cut Pell Grants; no more tax money for colleges

Q: Increase funding for higher education?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Find sources of money to replace lottery. In Congress opposed budget that would have lowered Pell Grants.

Steve Pearce (R): No. "Right now we don't have the money." Must first grow the economy. so that we have the money.

Q: Increase federal or state student financial aid?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Backed Elizabeth Warren proposal to lower student interest rates by taxing the wealthy. Also backed Pell Grant support & financial aid for people not pursuing 4-year degree.

Steve Pearce (R): Unclear. Voted for a 2015 Federal budget that significantly cut Pell Grants. Also 2006 budget that cut student loan support in favor of deficit reduction.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Steve Pearce: Competition through choice helps schools

I strongly believe every school must face tough scrutiny and challenge itself to raise standards and push for the best in each of its students. Competition through choice would be a catalyst for vast improvements in underperforming public school systems, including those serving large numbers of low-income students.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial website pearce.house.gov Aug 22, 2017

Jeff Apodaca: Make state's Pre-K a year-round program

Apodaca said he wants to expand the state's pre-kindergarten program to make it available all year instead of while school is in session. He pledged to help small businesses and local economies by tapping money from the state's permanent land fund to invest it in early childhood education and economic growth.
Source: USA Today on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Jul 17, 2017

Joe Cervantes: Emphasis on testing misguided

This administration relied on Florida policies that failed there and predictably failed here. It emphasized testing in the classrooms. As a parent with three daughters who came from public schools, I have a good understanding with what that testing involved [and it's] unreliability. It's an overly simplistic way of thinking about managing education, no student gets educated by taking a test. Of course we need testing, but the idea in putting a principle on testing was misplaced.
Source: NM Political Report on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Jul 7, 2017

Joe Cervantes: Expand pre-K to all students

Cervantes said he supports using the permanent land fund to expand pre-K to all students in the state
Source: Las Cruces Sun-News on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Jul 5, 2017

Susana Martinez: Prioritize reading in early education

Our reform agenda is clear. First, every child needs to read at an early age, so they can learn every year thereafter. Under my plan, to give our kids the best start possible, we'll expand pre-K--which has tripled so far on my watch--and build $5 million worth of new pre-K classrooms throughout the State. And we'll add $10 million in new reading interventions, specifically for students in chronically struggling schools.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to New Mexico legislature Jan 19, 2016

Susana Martinez: Change higher education system to boost graduation rates

Our kids are taking too much time, taking too many credits, spending too much money, and ultimately not graduating. Consequently, entry into the workforce is delayed, student debt is high, and we have too few college graduates. That's why universities are adopting tuition incentives for any student who graduates in four years and working to limit all degree programs to 120 credit hours; We're improving how credits transfer among institutions and providing better counselling.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to New Mexico legislature Jan 19, 2016

Gary King: School report cards OK if resources go to low-score schools

King said, "I'm going to try to speak with educators around the state. My understanding as I talk to teachers and superintendents is that they don't really understand how the grade is determined on the report cards (for schools), so it's very difficult to know what to do to improve your system, if you don't know what caused you to get a C or a D.

"I noticed the biggest number of schools were D in New Mexico. Certainly, it's of interest to everybody to know if you are a D school, what are we going to do about that? Does it mean you get mentors and tutors and such? If you do, that's positive. If schools get a bad grade and you're going to help them identify their issues, [and] develop a plan on how you are going to do better (that's positive), but if you don't know on what their analysis is based, it is difficult to know what to do.

"I'm feeling a lot of frustration from educators out there, principals, superintendents, teachers and lunchroom ladies about what are we trying to accomplish here."

Source: Ruidoso News on 2014 New Mexico governor race Jul 31, 2014

Susana Martinez: $97M to improve our local schools; invest in reform

Exactly half of the [proposed budget's] new spending--$97 million--is targeted toward improving our local schools. But it's not just throwing more money at the status quo. It's an investment in reform, an investment in initiatives that are designed to get results and improve student performance.

We took some very important first steps in education reform. Just last week, we announced the preliminary, baseline grades for New Mexico schools. They will continue to be fine-tuned as we work with school districts to finalize the results. By this summer, every school will receive an official letter grade--A, B, C, D, or F. Finally, we have a school rating system that is uniquely our own. Not a one-size-fits-all federal system, but rather an honest assessment of how our children are learning and improving--a way to identify struggling schools, so we can get them the help they need.

Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Susana Martinez: $17M for reading reforms; don't pass failing kids

80% of our fourth-graders cannot read proficiently. Passing children who can't read from one grade to the next is not compassionate. It is morally wrong. Let's do something about it.

Holding children back is not the goal. The goal is for every child to learn the basics and to identify and help those who struggle before the third grade. We build a child's self-esteem not by convincing them that accepting failure is okay but by showing them that they can reach any goal by offering a helping hand when they struggle so they learn to never give up, to persevere, and to ultimately triumph and succeed.

And here's how we'll do it. My plan this year calls for a $17 million investment in reading reforms. Teachers will assess children early on--in kindergarten, first, second grade. And those students who are struggling will get immediate help in these early years--more tutoring, more individual attention. We'll put more reading coaches in elementary schools.

Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Susana Martinez: Kids First, New Mexico Wins: 4 key initiatives

    I propose a comprehensive reform package that will transform our schools. Our "Kids First, New Mexico Wins" plan is comprised of four key initiatives.
  1. We will get money out of the bureaucracy and into the classroom. Today, only 61 cents of every education dollar makes it to the classroom. Wasting money on lawyers in the Public Education Dept. does nothing to help a child read. By cutting waste & inefficiency in the bureaucracy, we will increase the percentage of funds that reach classrooms.
  2. We will adopt an easy-to-understand, easy-to-implement system of grading. Schools will be assigned letter grades A, B, C, D or F. And these grades will be posted to the Web. That's real accountability that will yield real results.
  3. We will end social promotion, the practice of passing children from one grade to the next before they have mastered the basics. The New Mexico "Ready for Success" initiative will get struggling students the help they need before we pass them on to the next grade.
Source: 2011 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 18, 2011

Bill Richardson: Equip every 7th grader with a laptop computer

I announced last week a pilot program that will bring basic change to how mid school and high school students learn. More than 700 students and 80 teachers will receive laptop computers in the first phase of this initiative. Eventually, I want every 7th grader to have one. Every teacher in every discipline - math, languages, social studies, history - will be trained in how to make use of the computer and the internet directly in their subject areas.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: Increase the salary of school teachers

We gave teachers - the cornerstone of our educational reform - a dramatic salary increase. The School Improvement Act of 2003 set ambitious goals for school reform. It also created a three-tier licensure system for New Mexico’s teachers - a system that will recognize and reward excellence in the profession. And let there be no misunderstanding - I support funding art in the school, but in every school. Art will be funded at the end of the process, and in a comprehensive manner.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: A plan that can reach straightforward education goals

I [will] focus on improving student success, & responsibly implementing critical reforms. My education plan provides for retention of quality teachers, completes the implementation of statewide full-day kindergarten, creates an extensive student testing program to accurately gauge student progress, and puts in place significant reform initiatives such as family resource services to meet student social service needs, taking the pressure off teachers so they can concentrate on teaching our children.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: Charter schools show tremendous promise

I am a strong supporter of charter schools. They provide opportunities for students to connect with the education process, and find a path to success. They are showing tremendous promise as alternatives for families who want something different - within the public school system - for their children. I promised to allocate additional resources for charter schools, and to help provide them a more level playing field with other public schools.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: Expand the lottery scholarship program for college students

My higher education plan limits tuition increases to three percent, while keeping open all financial assistance options for our students. I want to expand the lottery success scholarship program to provide more opportunity to lower income New Mexicans. We can afford it, and we must not shirk from our responsibility. My plan fully funds the new higher education formula, and provides a one-time four percent bonus for faculty, and a two percent bonus for other employees.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

John Edwards: Two school systems: one for the have’s, one for have-not’s

We still have two public school systems in this country: one for the “haves” and one for the “have nots.” We have got to make a commitment as a nation that every child in America, no matter where they live, what the color of their skin or the income of their family, will get exactly the same education as the richest parent in America can afford for their children. That’s the commitment we need to make as a people.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Gary Johnson: Favors charter schools as one priority to improve education

Indicate which principles you support regarding education:
Source: 1998 New Mexico National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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