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Friday, February 04, 2011

ACTION ALERT: Sign Petition Urging Lawmakers to Keep the Promise of High-Quality Education

Take Action: Please pass this information on to additional organizations, businesses, students, parents, PTAs, elected officials, concerned citizens and others who support these goals -- and urge them to sign the petition. You can also sign the petition and help promote this effort on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/PromiseForNM.

A diverse coalition of community groups -- including DFA-Democracy for New Mexico -- announced a statewide campaign today to fight proposed dramatic cuts to our schools that threaten the quality of education in New Mexico and the ability of today‘s students to succeed in the global knowledge economy.

We believe that one of the most fundamental promises a state makes to its citizens is to provide a quality education. New Mexico will break that promise if it shortchanges its students with the kind of severe cuts to education -- from early childhood education through college -- that are proposed. Justifying draconian cuts by citing the current budget crisis is shortsighted and unproductive.

Supporters of the "Keep the Promise for New Mexico‘s Future" campaign include parents, teachers, small businesses, organizations and individuals. We are urging state lawmakers to support legislation that will ensure students and teachers are successful by investing in a quality education from birth to career. And we'd like you to join us by signing our petition and becoming a part of this grassroots effort.

We cannot balance the budget on the backs of children. In times of financial crisis, we need our elected leaders to take smart steps, be fiscally prudent, and require everyone to make a shared sacrifice, including the wealthy and big corporations.

As citizens, we want our children to get the best education possible so they can prosper. But folks in Santa Fe aren‘t talking about nickel and dime cuts to education; they‘re talking about taking a hack saw to the education budget.

"Keep the Promise for New Mexico‘s Future" is calling for:

Raising revenues for public education:

  • Reinstate the 8% tax rate on the richest New Mexicans.
  • Protect the Permanent School Fund payout to our schools.
  • Close corporate loopholes.

Improving Learning Outcomes for Our Children:

  • Implement a teacher development and evaluation system that ties teacher evaluation and compensation to multiple measures, including student learning.
  • Improve the preparation and training of early childhood educators.

For more information about the "Keep the Promise for New Mexico‘s Future" campaign and the coalition -- and to take the pledge and join the coalition -- visit the coalition's website at www.promisefornewmexico.org.

Take Action: Please pass this information on to additional organizations, businesses, students, parents, PTAs, elected officials, concerned citizens and others who support these goals -- and urge them to sign the petition. You can also sign the petition and help promote this effort on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/PromiseForNM.

February 4, 2011 at 01:46 PM in Action Alerts, Children and Families, Economy, Populism, Education, Taxes | Permalink

Comments

If education in this country is cut anymore, our children will grow up not being able to think for themselves, which is probably what government would like

Posted by: Fred Woller | Feb 5, 2011 8:11:56 AM

Any state that messes with education to heal their financial woes is shooting itself in the foot. It's a disservice to the state's constituents and will lead to their downfall in all surveyed civil statistics. Moreover, if too many states try to make up for waste and bad government by cutting the funds for education, the higher standards of our nation will continue to deteriorate.

Posted by: Sam Mayer | Feb 5, 2011 12:07:40 PM