American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly
SANTA FE – Following the conclusion of the 2017 Legislative Session Saturday at the State Capitol, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“With the 2017 regular Legislative session ending at noon (Saturday), proactive agendas for public education and workers continue to make advances with pro-education and pro-worker allies in the Roundhouse.
“From support for all employees in their places of work, to modernizing what our high school students can use to prepare themselves for a career in the high-tech field, to seeking a more equitable educational experience for our Native American students, many voices emerged seeking what’s best for New Mexico’s students, communities, and workers. We are proud of the diligent work that many in the Roundhouse accomplished in support of our educational profession and safeguarding workplace rights for all New Mexicans.
“Certainly, New Mexico’s economic situation is cause for concern, but both Sen. John Arthur Smith and Rep. Patricia Lundstrom stood firm for public education, not only finding additional revenues for our K12 schools, but minimizing the impacts on higher education and early educational programs throughout the State called for by the Governor.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen, Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton, House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos, and Legislative Committee Chairs, whose collective leadership of their respective chambers helped to secure very important legislative victories in the face of extreme pressure from the Governor’s office. We deeply appreciate your advocacy for the educators and workers of New Mexico and applaud your courage.
“New Mexico Legislators have done their job in the most extraordinary circumstances, and now it is incumbent upon Governor Martinez to sign into law both the responsible budget crafted over the last sixty days as well as new funding sources identified to keep New Mexico moving forward, preventing even more harmful impact to our schools and educational institutions.”