in New Mexico
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October 16, 2002
Tribes, SDE, SBE and Legislators to Meet October
22-23 At Government-to-Government Meeting;
Comments Sought from Gubernatorial Candidates
(Santa Fe, NM)- Representatives of the New Mexico State Department
of Education (SDE) and New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE)
will meet with 22 Indian tribal leaders at the Biannual Government-to-Government
Meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 22-23, at the University
of New Mexico-Gallup Branch, in the auditorium, located at 200 College
Road in Gallup. The meeting will focus on improving the education
of American Indian students attending public schools.
"The biannual meetings between tribal and state leaders provide
an opportunity for partnerships and the direct involvement of tribes
in meeting the educational needs of Indian students. Collectively,
we are seeking the most effective strategies and use of resources
to increase academic achievement," said State Superintendent
of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.
On Tuesday, October 22, beginning at 9:00 a.m., state Senator
Leonard Tsosie, State Superintendent Davis, SDE Indian Education
Director Roz Carroll and Toni Trujillo, the SDE's special master
on corrective action, will discuss the state's view of Indian education,
including accountability, student data and programs.
This will be followed by a discussion of Indian education from
the viewpoint of New Mexico's public schools and the Bureau of Indian
Affairs (BIA). Discussed will be Head Start and elementary, middle
and high school programs. Participating will be Monica Carrasco,
president of the New Mexico Indian Head Start Association, and Ed
Parisian, deputy director of the Office of Indian Education Programs
for the BIA.
Following the state, public school and BIA views of Indian education,
the 2002 candidates for governor have been invited to provide comments.
(All the gubernatorial candidates have been invited to attend. Confirmation
of their attendance is pending).
On Wednesday, October 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, the Legislative
Education Study Committee (LESC) will meet jointly with those attending
the Government-to-Government Meeting.
"This is a unique opportunity to consider legislative updates,
priorities for the 2003 legislative session and future legislative
priorities," said State Superintendent Davis.