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Save the date: 2018 Statewide Town Hall: Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce

New Mexicans will come together April 4-5, 2018 to develop smart, actionable recommendations on higher education policy. Registration will open in January 2018! ..

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2017 Legislative Session Policy Victories

Now that the 2017 Legislative Session has concluded, and as of Friday the Governor has completed her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce that your voice for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations developed by citizens during our town halls and forums. This year, New Mexico First supported or informed legislative efforts on economy, ethics reform, water and education.  ..

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PED invites public comment on ESSA state plan

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has posted the proposed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state education plan for public review and comment. Feedback from over 600 New Mexicans from the fall 2016 ESSA community outreach series, convened by the PED in partnership with New Mexico First, played a significant role in shaping the proposed plan. ..

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New Mexicans urged to complete education survey, informing ESSA reforms

Survey available in English and Spanish  ..

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NM PreK Las Cruces Community Meeting


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Progress Report: Read about NM's strengths and weaknesses in Education, Health, Economy and Water

2015 New Mexico Progress Report .. Read More

STEM Action Team Presents Goals and Recommendations to NM Legislators

The New Mexico STEM Action Team presented before the Legislative Education Study Committee yesterday, sharing the following goals and policy recommendations. The presentation was positively received.  ..

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STEM Action Team to present at a legislative hearing tomorrow, with live webcast!

New Mexico First, in conjunction with the NM Partnership for Math and Science Education’s STEM Action Team, will speak to the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) tomorrow on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education policy efforts.

The STEM Action Team is a statewide network of STEM professionals in education, technology, industry and other fields. It grew out of the STEM Action Planning Summit in 2012. Summit participants developed a plan that focuses on student learning, early college retention, teacher development and more. Read the plan here! The STEM Action Team has continued its work by encouraging industry partnerships and policy work in math and science education. Tomorrow’s presentation to the LESC will include progress made and future goals, as well as outlining ways in which the committee can ensure that STEM education gets the support it needs in our state.


  • By 2020, increase by 25% the number of students measurably proficient in math and science.
  • By 2020, graduate 1,000 new science and math teachers. Also, support and retain existing STEM teachers.
  • By 2020, increase by 25% the number of college graduates in STEM fields.

Watch the presentation at 10:00 AM by going to Webcasting of the New Mexico Legislature or join us at the State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe, NM 87501.


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What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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to read more about our last town hall!  ..

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2015 Legislative Session STEM Education Victories

New Mexico First, on behalf of the New Mexico Partnership for Math & Science Education’s “STEM Action Team,” followed a number of education items during the legislative session. Priorities aligned to the 2012 STEM Action Planning Summit, which resulted in an ongoing collective impact effort. The STEM Action Team works to promote science, technology, engineering and math education in New Mexico. ..

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