|New Mexico State Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Public Outreach Director
February 10, 2003
'Education on the Rise Day' Proclaimed for February 13
(Santa Fe, NM)-Governor Bill Richardson has declared Thursday,
February 13, as "Education on the Rise Day" at the state
Capitol with a proclamation that recognizes 10 New Mexico schools
that have risen from school improvement and are no longer rated
as probationary. The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE)
and the Horace Mann Companies are sponsoring and celebrating "Education
on the Rise Day" with a news conference at noon at the SDE,
Mabry Hall, and during a reception to follow.
The governor's proclamation points out that 81 percent of the state's
rated public schools are performing at or above the standards set
by the New Mexico State Board of Education. And more students are
in school, families are engaged in their children's education and
school communities are ensuring that children attend school in environments
that are safe, secure and supportive
Many of the 10 schools will have displays in the Hall of History
on the west side of the Capitol Rotunda all day showing how they
raised the levels of learning among their students. Various legislators
and Horace Mann representatives will also salute the schools' accomplishments
at the news conference.
"The day-long celebration is an opportunity for all New Mexicans
to celebrate the accomplishment of these schools' best practices.
The news conference will provide the media with the opportunity
to learn about and report the schools' accomplishments as fully
as they covered the earlier announcement placing the schools on
probation, " said State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Michael J. Davis.
As part of the news conference, John Lankford, SBE interim president,
will present "School on the Rise" awards to leaders from
the 10 schools. A reception will follow in the SDE's atrium with
refreshments prepared by the students from Pojoaque High in the
Pojoaque Valley Public Schools.
The 10 schools being recognized are Sunland Park Elementary, Gadsden;
Roosevelt Elementary and Gallup Middle, Gallup; MacArthur Elementary,
Las Cruces; Tomé Elementary, Los Lunas; César Chavez
Elementary and R. M. Sweeney Elementary, Santa Fe; Rio Costilla
Elementary, Questa; East Grand Plains Elementary, Roswell; and Zuni
High in Zuni.
Two of the ten schools - R. M. Sweeney Elementary and Tomé
Elementary -- are profiled in the just-released SDE 2002 Annual
Report, available on the SDE's web site as www.ped.state.nm.us .
For more information, call Ruth Williams, the SDE's public outreach
director, at 476-0393.