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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

Yes, We Need to Fund Our Schools, But Only If We Update This 100-Year-Old Education System

Here in New Mexico, we’re about to get more money for schools, but we don’t know yet how that will translate into better learning for…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Nov. 9, 2018

Coffee Break: New Mexico’s Teacher of the Year Jessica Sanders on What Brought Her to Teaching and Why She’s Staying

Once you become a Teacher of the Year, your life changes. I recently had a chance to talk with Jessica Sanders on becoming the New…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

I Dropped Out of the Same High School as My Dad. Now I’m Helping Kids Break That Cycle.

Halfway through my senior year of high school, I found I didn’t have enough credits to graduate on time. Between boredom and an hourlong bus…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Aug. 22, 2018

Here’s Why I’m Thankful for How New Mexico Is Grading Our Schools

My two boys, ages 12 and 9, are my top priority. I have been actively and attentively helping them to learn the skills that will…

By Andrea Thomas

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Posted June 21, 2018

How New Mexico Is Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Education Reform Movement

While much of the education reform world was convening in Austin for the annual charter schools conference this week, I snuck off to Albuquerque for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 16, 2018

These 12 States Are Being Sued for Not Funding Schools Equitably

As teacher strikes bring attention to underfunded public schools, families and education advocates are suing to compel states to uphold statutory or constitutional obligations on education funding.…

By Cortney Sanders

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Posted Apr. 27, 2018

His Hometown in Mexico Had No School. Now He’s Inspiring the Next Generation of Latino Educators.

This profile of teacher Manuel Mendoza was written for Honored by Steve Padilla of the Los Angeles Times. Each month, Honored recognizes a impactful teacher…

By Steve Padilla for Honored

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Posted Apr. 3, 2018

This Is What a Movement to Improve Education for All Students Looks Like

I’ve struggled with a particular notion for many years: Do the education reform efforts of the last 25 years constitute a “movement”? How do the…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Mar. 22, 2018

This New Mexico School Is Making History

New Mexico is in the middle of an educational revolution. I’m an eyewitness as a teacher at Mission Achievement and Success (MAS), the most successful…

By Bonnie Lee Murphy

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Posted Feb. 27, 2018

Here’s How the #MeToo Movement Is Continuing in Our Schools

In her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey addressed young girls around the globe by saying, “When that new…

By Wyatte Grantham-Philips

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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