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Give credit where credit is due on education reform

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By Michael Sanchez

Last year, high school graduation rates in New Mexico improved 10 percent over recent historic rates, from the low 60 percent range up to 70 percent.
For the second year in a row, Hispanic New Mexican students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes have the highest completion and graduation rates of all AP students in the country.
These are fantastic developments that are justly lauded, and which the current governor is rightly touting — for which she is incorrectly taking credit.
The fact is, these recent developments are the product of programs the legislature and previous administrations put in place years ago, including:
• Statewide Pre-K and early childhood development programs.
• Increased teacher compensation including salaries, cost of living adjustments and tax credits to entice the best people to enter and remain in the field, and aid in teacher recruitment.
• Increased AP and dual-credit courses, which allow students to earn college credits while still in high school.
• Teacher-student mentorship and tutoring programs.
• Programs to lower the truancy rate and encourage parental involvement.


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