Governor Martinez announced a $2 million dollar math and science initiative that aligns with the New Mexico First STEM Summit’s action plan. The request is being considered next week by the House Appropriations Committee. The committee chair generally asks if there are audience members with a position to share. People stand and state their name, affiliation, and a short reason they favor the appropriation. If you would like to voice support, please attend the hearing on Monday, February 11th at 1:30 PM at the Capitol Building, room 307. RSVP at email@example.com.
Implementation co-chair Governor Toney Anaya appeared on behalf of the Centennial Town Hall at the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) hearing this week in support of marketing funding for the Tourism Department. Others spoke up as well. The result was that the Tourism Department may obtain a $1.5 million increase in their advertising budget for a total of $4 million for the next fiscal year. This is great news for the town hall participants who wrote the economic development recommendation that called for increased tourism funding for advertising and marketing. Read the recommendation by clicking here. ..
UPDATE: 1/31/2013 11:46 AM - Peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention memorial passed unanimously in the House 64-0. Based solely on the student town hall recommendation on substance abuse
prevention, NM Representative Rodella introduced HJM
12, which calls on health-related state agencies to incorporate
peer-to-peer approaches into existing substance abuse prevention efforts.
Yesterday, the item passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee! The
lawmakers specifically said they appreciated the students’ work in this area.
We’ll keep you posted as it moves through the process. ..
Last week Governor Martinez announced a $2 million dollar initiative that would bring quality math and science teachers to underserved areas. As we pointed out in our previous note, the Governor’s initiative aligns closely to the STEM Summit action plan. In response to this great news, New Mexico First wrote a letter of commendation. You can read that letter here. ..
A wide range of New Mexico professionals interested in science, technology, engineering, and math came together in late 2012 to develop action plans for strengthening STEM education. The final report from the STEM summit was circulated widely among policymakers and education leaders. Members of the implementation team presented the plan to Governor Susana Martinez, PED staffers and members of the administration. Our public officials are taking action and implementing STEM related initiatives and legislation. So far, ..
New Mexico First is pleased to announce progress on the peer-to-peer substance abuse recommendation from the Centennial Town Hall. As a result of the town hall’s call for youth-led drug prevention activities, New Mexico Representative Debbie A. Rodella introduced House Joint Memorial 12, requesting the Department of Health and the Human Services Department to incorporate peer-to-peer approaches into existing substance abuse prevention efforts. The memorial is currently in the House Health, Government & Indian Affairs Committee. ..