American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly
- Law ushers in sweeping, positive changes to prior federal education policy
ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“Public educators in New Mexico welcome the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as a pivotal piece of legislation that moves away from high stakes, test-and-sanction policies which, over the last decade, proved to be disastrous for our public schools and educational professionals.
“This legislation maintains the level of funding for the students who need it most, prohibits the federal government from mandating teacher evaluations, stops the rampant, high-stakes consequences like school closures, opposes voucher schemes for private schools which drain resources from public schools, and increases transparency and accountability for current and future charter schools.
“ESSA represents a shared partnership between educational professionals, their unions, and lawmakers in Washington, and is a change in approach from the top-down implementation of No Child Left Behind, ESSA’s predecessor. By no means does this bill fix all of the issues surrounding public education in New Mexico, however, it opens a pathway for educators to return their focus to teaching students, strengthening our schools, and help our students to reach their full potential.”