November 14, 2002
SBE to Consider Public School Support Request,
High School Reform Initiatives
(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) will
meet on Friday, November 22, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Santa Fe at the
New Mexico State Department of Education, Mabry Hall, located at 300
Don Gaspar Street. The SBE will consider final action on its 2003-2004
Public School Support Request and legislative proposals and proposed
amendments to the Public School Code to change the state's graduation
requirements and effect high school reform.
"The legislative initiatives continue the SBE's efforts to improve
students' academic achievement and close the gap in public education.
We will seek regional parity in teachers' salaries so that we can attract
high-quality educators to our state and reform of our secondary schools
to ensure they are responsive to students' needs," said State Superintendent
of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.
State Superintendent Davis will notify the SBE of several options related
to the deficiency letter he issued to the Cuba Independent Schools on
October 2. Those options are located in New Mexico Statute 22-2-14,
either Subsections B, C or D. The SBE will consider possible action
on a hearing date.
The SBE will also consider changes in its rules and regulations to
In addition, the SBE will consider whether to continue the administration
of the TerraNova in Grades 4 and 8, the elimination of the general knowledge
test of the New Mexico Teacher Assessment and annexation by the Elida
Municipal Schools of property in the Roswell Independent Schools.
- the Educational Standards Commission to hear appeals on all data
for schools that are rated as probationary for a second year and entering
their first year of school improvement
- one full year for schools implementing local corrective action plans
to meet the criteria for an extension of school improvement or to
- the Licensure of School Administrators to be split into two rules
and two licenses, allowing for a school district administrator and
a school site administrator
- changes to special education regulations.
The SBE will hold an executive (closed) session at the end of the meeting
to consider limited personnel matters related to the state superintendent's
job performance. The SBE will then return to its regular meeting to
take action on matters considered during the executive session.
The SBE's six standing committees will hold meetings on Wednesday and
Thursday, November 20-21, in Mabry Hall. Committees act in an advisory
capacity to the SBE, referring items for action. Committee discussions
- Legislation. The SBE's Executive Committee will meet on Wednesday,
November 20, from noon to 3:00 p.m., to consider the SBE's 2003-2004
Public School Support Package. Final action on the package will occur
on Friday before the SBE.
- Special Education. The SBE's Instructional Services Committee will
meet on Wednesday, November 20, from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m., to consider
changes to special education regulations.
- Quality Educators. The SBE's Quality Educators Committee will meet
on Thursday, November 21, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m., to consider changes
in licensure to create a school district administrator and a school
site administrator, elimination of some teacher testing requirements,
implementation of three-tiered licensure and rule and statutory changes
required to align state licensing requirements with the federal "No
Child Left Behind" Act.
- High School Reform. The SBE's Vocational Rehabilitation, Career
Education and Adult Services Committee will meet on Thursday, November
21, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., to consider proposed amendments
to the Public School Code that will change to 20 the minimum number
of units needed to graduate (the current number is 23) and require
students in grades 9-12 to prepare a program of study designed around
a career/learner pathway.
- Financial Issues. The SBE's Finance, Transportation and Administration
Committee will meet on Thursday, November 21, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.,
to consider annexation between the Roswell Independent Schools and
Elida Municipal Schools and a report on school district financial
issues in Cuba, Loving, Mesa Vista and Vaughn.
- Accountability. The SBE's Accountability Committee will meet on
Thursday, November 21, from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m., to consider allowing
the Educational Standards Commission to hear appeals on all data for
schools that are rated as probationary for a second year and entering
their first year of school improvement, one full year for schools
implementing local corrective action plans to meet the criteria for
an extension of school improvement or to meet standards and administering
the TerraNova in grades 4 and 8 in addition to a criterion-referenced
The next regular meeting of the SBE will be held on January 21-23
at Mabry Hall in Santa Fe.
The SBE's November agenda is available at the following web address: