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February 5, 2002

SBE to Address Proposals on Governance, Honor Four Schools Removed from School Improvement, At News Conference on Wednesday, February 6

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico Department of Education (SDE) and New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators (NMCSA) will hold a joint news conference on Wednesday, February 6, from noon to 12:30 p.m., at the state Capitol, Room 318, to honor four public schools removed from school improvement in October 2001, after meeting standards for two years in a row. In addition, the New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) will address proposals pending before the Legislature to change the state's system of public school governance. The news conference is part of Public Schools' Day at the Capitol.

The four schools to be honored for improving their ratings and leaving school improvement are: Coronado High, with the Jemez Mountain Public Schools in Gallina, Jemez Valley Elementary, with the Jemez Valley Municipal Schools in Jemez Pueblo, Salazar Elementary, with the Santa Fe Public Schools in Santa Fe, and West Las Vegas High, with the West Las Vegas Public Schools in Las Vegas.

"They were among the 15 percent of New Mexico's schools facing the greatest needs and opportunities for improvement. Their journey to improve school and student performance is notable both in their efforts and the results achieved," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.

In attendance will be SBE members, legislators, school and school district staff and representatives of the SDE and NMCSA.

The SBE will address proposals to change the state's system of public school governance. "The results are clear: Public school governance in and of itself does not make a difference. The State Board of Education, as it is constituted, represents the public will for education in New Mexico. We must continue on course toward excellence in education," SBE President Flora M. Sánchez said.

A reception in honor of the four schools will be held following the news conference.

For more information, contact Ruth Williams, public relations director, at (505) 476-0393.