Trustees look to build coalition

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NMPED > District seeks meaningful response to mandates

By Tris DeRoma

As the Los Alamos Public Schools administration and its board of trustees continue to carefully tinker with state mandates in an effort to appease educators, all eyes are turning to a very important meeting due to take place in March.
The meeting will be hosted by LAPS, and it includes all the other school districts in the LAPS region, known as “District II.” Those districts include Chama, Cuba, Española, Jemez Mountain, Mesa Vista, Pecos, Penasco, Pojoaque, Questa, Santa Fe, and Taos. All of these districts as well as Los Alamos belong to the New Mexico School Boards Association. While the agenda will feature many issues, one topic that will be sure to come up is the series of mandates the New Mexico Public Education Department recently implemented, and how each district is handling them.
Much has been made of the mandates, as teachers have complained to the press at how much the mandates, which revolve around a teacher evaluation system and the teaching of “Common Core,” which is a national set of standards designed to have every student in the country performing well in reading and math.

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