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PRESS RELEASE
November 15, 2002
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SDE to Post First Corrective Action Reports on Web Site

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) will post the first progress reports on the state's 14 corrective action schools on its web site at 7:00 p.m. today. The 14 individual reports will be available at the SDE Corrective Action web page (click to see the reports).

"These reports provide critical information for all local and state stakeholders on the progress of New Mexico's corrective action schools," said Toni Trujillo, the state's special master for corrective action. "They are the first of seven monthly reports that will be provided to the public this school year on how schools are adhering to their local corrective action plans and the mandatory conditions required of them by the state superintendent of public instruction."

By action of the New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE), the schools have until the spring of 2004 to meet standards or qualify for an extension of school improvement. The SBE retains continuing jurisdiction over all matters of corrective action. At any time the state superintendent determines progress is not occurring, a proposed notice of suspension can be issued. "Our mission is to assist the schools in keeping their focus on the implementation of their corrective action plans and instruction," Trujillo said.

The corrective action schools are:

· Albuquerque Public Schools: Lowell Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Polk Middle and Washington Middle
· Bernalillo Public Schools: Santo Domingo Elementary
· Central Consolidated Schools: Mesa Elementary and TséBit'a'í Middle
· Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools: Church Rock Elementary, David Skeet Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle and Thoreau Middle
· Grants-Cibola County Schools: Laguna-Acoma Middle
· Las Cruces Public Schools: Booker T. Washington Elementary and
· Zuni Public Schools: Zuni Middle.