|New Mexico State Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Public Outreach Director
February 4, 2003
Education First Day, February 6, in Santa Fe, Focuses on K-12
Education Progress and Funding in New Mexico
(Santa Fe, NM)-New Mexico First will hold a news conference for
Education First Day on February 6, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at the state
Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe. The purposes of Education First Day
are to celebrate the progress of education improvement in New Mexico
and to keep legislators and the public informed and focused on recommendations
from the New Mexico First Town Hall on Education. The 22nd Town
Hall report states unequivocally that the state's public education
system must be one of the highest priorities for the next five years.
Three groups-New Mexico First, the New Mexico Business Roundtable
for Educational Excellence and The Teacher Education Accountability
Council-are sponsoring the day's events. Speakers will include Tony
Trujillo, chairman of New Mexico First, Michael J. Davis, state
superintendent of Public Instruction, former Governor Garrey Carruthers,
chairman of the business roundtable, and Elizabeth Jenkins, acting
executive director of the Commission on Higher Education.
Events on February 6th will begin with a breakfast for all legislators
at 7:00 a.m. at the Inn at Loretto. Other breakfast guests will
include Lt. Governor Diane Denish, former Governor Carruthers, Trujillo,
State Superintendent Davis and Jenkins.
"New Mexico First is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy
organization that Senators Domenici and Bingaman founded about 17
years ago," said Judy Zanotti, president of the group. "We
hold two Town Halls each year where New Mexico citizens come together
to find common ground on critical issues-like education-facing our
state. These Town Hall meetings are usually for three days and result
in reports with specific recommendations," she said. "And
then our Implementation Team sets about to accomplish these recommendations,
some of which we are now bringing before the legislators and the
public with Education First Day."
The six educational focus areas to be presented to legislators
include: (1) Student Success, (2) Quality Teaching, (3) Early Childhood
Education, (4) Reasonable Accountability, (5) Early Literacy and
Reading and (6) Adequate Resources.
For more information, contact Judy Zanotti at New Mexico First
at (505) 241-4813.