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Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
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PRESS RELEASE

February 1, 2002

Education Partners to Hold News Conference On "Consensus Agenda" on Monday, February 4, At 1:00 p.m., in Capitol Rotunda

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico Education Partners, a diverse group of statewide organizations working on behalf of public education, will hold a news conference on Monday, February 4, 2002, at 1:00 p.m., in the Capitol rotunda in Santa Fe, to present its 2002 "Consensus Agenda." The agenda includes the Partners goals for the 2002 legislative session.

For the 2002 session, the Partners is seeking support in five areas: 1) resources, 2) accountability, 3) reading, literacy and multilingual proficiency, 4) teachers and 5) governance. The Partners will urge the Legislature to continue on course toward excellence in education.

"While our strategies for implementation may differ, we are in general agreement that the investment in education in 2002 must be ample to meets the needs of continued progress in education," said Renatta Witte, president of the New Mexico PTA and a spokesperson for the Partners.

Formed in 1998, the Education Partners membership includes:

    American Association of University Women Center for Service Learning
    Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education
    Council of University Presidents
    Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
    Educational Retirement Board
    League of Women Voters of New Mexico
    Mid-Rio Grande Collaborative for
    Education Excellence National Education Association-New Mexico
    New Mexico Alliance for Arts Education
    New Mexico Association of Community Colleges
    New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees
    New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators
    New Mexico Commission on Higher Education
    New Mexico Federation of Catholic School Families
    New Mexico Federation of Educational Employees
    New Mexico PTA
    New Mexico Research and Study Council
    New Mexico School Boards Association
    New Mexico State Board of Education
    New Mexico State Department of Education
    Teacher Education and Accountability Council
For more information, contact Ruth Williams at the State Department of Education, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (505) 476-0393.


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