Dear Rio Grande Foundation Friends and Supporters!
As the final days of the 2011 legislative session tick down, we at the Rio Grande Foundation are celebrating the adoption of many concepts that were originally put forth by the Foundation and urge your support as we plan to push for additional reforms in the future like genuine school choice and virtual schooling that have had positive impacts in Florida.
First and foremost, there is the "Florida Model" of K-12 education reform. This concept which we introduced to New Mexico in July of 2010 quickly formed the basis of Gov. Martinez's education platform. We were thrilled – unlike the education establishment and unions – when Martinez picked Florida reform veteran Hanna Skandera to lead the charge here in New Mexico.
If you support the status quo in education with New Mexico ranked 49th in the nation, then stop reading right now. The Rio Grande Foundation is not your cup of tea. But if you support accountability and demand improved education results, I urge you to do what you can to help us help Gov. Martinez and Sec. Skandera continue pushing the reform agenda!
You can do this by making a donation of $50, $100, or even $200 to bring in nationally-recognized education experts to continue the drumbeat for reform. Donate here using any major credit card.
Of course, getting good people in place was only the beginning. The Legislature – which is still dominated by Democrats – had to go along with the program. So far, it looks like at least three major components of the "Florida Model" will become law. These include:
Grading schools A-F instead of on convoluted and meaningless terms.
Eliminating social promotion so that kids who can't read by 4th grade have their needs addressed and are pushed to learn.
Measuring and rewarding effective teachers while pushing those who are not as effective to improve or ultimately firing them.
Each of these initiatives is integral to the Florida Model and they emphasize accountability for teachers and their students alike. This is integral to New Mexico's future and worthy of support from those (like you and I) who understand that our economy requires an educated, motivated workforce.
You can help us improve New Mexico's schools by supporting our work. Make a donation of $50, $100, or even $200 to bring in nationally-recognized education experts to continue the drumbeat for reform. Donate here using any major credit card.
Even with these reforms in place, New Mexico has a long way to go before its schools adequately serve the needs of students. We at the Rio Grande Foundation will continue to push for expanded school choice and virtual schools.
Thank you for your support!