School Choice Week is right around the corner. This year's celebration includes a special cross-country "whistle stop" train tour with stops in 14 cities from coast-to-coast, including Albuquerque. Our celebration takes place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. More information is available on the Rio Grande Foundation's website. Please come out to support school choice in New Mexico!
School choice is working here in New Mexico. Only 10 percent of New Mexico's public schools are charters, yet charters made up 25 percent of the top 40 public schools that received an "A" grade under our new school grading system. In fact, four of the top 10 schools are charters.
Compare this with New Mexico's overall education system, which is ranked 46th out of 47 by the US Department of Education. Just 63 percent of New Mexico students in the 2010-2011 school year finished secondary school. It is no secret our state's education system is in need of significant improvements and reform. School choice can and should be a major part of these reforms.