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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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Governor Martinez signs New Mexico First supported bills!

New Mexico First is thrilled to announce that Governor Susana Martinez has signed the following bills that are part of our Centennial Town Hall and the STEM Action Planning Summit legislative agenda. Please click on the individual bill links below to view the final signed version of each bill.  ..

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New Mexico First supported bills heard in committees today; others already on the senate and house floor awaiting a vote; victories to come

Economic Development
HB76
, the economic development bill on Mainstreet in frontier communities, is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Affairs Committee (3/12/13) today.
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Energy and peer substance abuse prevention memorials almost there; but we need your help during the final stretch!

Call to Action!

HJM8, the memorial that would establish an energy planning committee, passed the Senate Rules Committee.  It is now in the Senate Conservation Committee.  We need to see this memorial go to the Senate floor for final action.  Please call policymakers on the Senate Conservation Committee and tell them that HJM8 deserves a Senate vote! HJM8 has already passed the House, so we’re almost there! Click on the link for the contact information for the Senate Conservation Committee members or use their emails below. ..

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STEM standards bill passes committee; funding for broader STEM initiative may be in trouble

Updates: There was activity on two STEM items this week: 1) legislation to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards; and 2) funding for the governor’s STEM initiative. Both items align to the STEM Summit, convened by NM Partnership for Math & Science Education. The standards bill (HB67) passed the House Education Committee yesterday after the bill sponsor, Representative Bill McCamley, made minor amendments regarding implementation timing. Cheers to Innovate+Educate for helping draft this bill. The $2M for STEM requested by the Public Education Department and Governor Martinez is currently in the executive budget but not the legislative budget. Four STEM summit attendees (including parents, a student, and an educator) attended the appropriation hearing Tuesday night and asked for the $2M.     ..

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Calling all STEM education supporters; we need your help!

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 info@nmfirst.org.  ..

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Peer-to-peer substance abuse memorial passed unanimously in the house!

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.  ..

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New Mexico First commends Governor Martinez

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.   ..

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Governor Martinez and state legislators are taking action on NMF produced education STEM report

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, ..

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