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New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PRESS RELEASE

February 20, 2003

Charter Schools Day to be Held Monday at Legislature

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico Coalition of Charter Schools is sponsoring "Charter Schools Day" on Monday, February 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the state Capitol Rotunda. Charter schools from all over New Mexico will share their missions and goals and showcase the educational accomplishments of their students.

A noon rally in the Rotunda will include entertainment by Albuquerque's East Mountain High and South Valley Academy charter-school students. The East Mountain Percussion and Rhythm Ensemble will feature a variety of exotic and ethnic drums. Yolanda Pinela, a South Valley Academy student and mariachi singer, will also perform.

More than 25 charter school administrators, teachers, parents and students will be available to meet with the public. Various materials from the charter schools will be available as well. Several legislators expect to meet during the day with students from their districts. The state's 35 charter schools include the following:


Alamogordo
Lacy Simms Middle School
Angel Fire
Moreno Valley High School

Albuquerque
Academia de Lingua y Cultura
Amy Biehl Charter High School
Charter Vocational High School
East Mountain High School
Horizon Academy, West and Northwest
La Academia de Esperanza
Nuestros Valores Charter School
Los Puentes Charter School
Paseo del Monte Middle School
Public Academy for Performing Arts
Robert F. Kennedy Charter School
South Valley Charter High School
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
The Learning Community Charter School
21st Century Charter School
Amistad
Amistad Charter School
Carlsbad
Jefferson Montessori Academy
El Prado
Anansi Charter School
Roots and Wings Community School

Gallup
Middle College High School at the University of
New Mexico at Gallup

Jemez Pueblo
San Diego Riverside Charter School
Walatowa Charter High School

Las Cruces
The Youth Center for Creative Learning

Las Vegas
The Bridge Academy
Red River
Red River Valley Charter School

Roswell
Sidney Gutierrez Middle School

Santa Fe
Academy for Technology and the Classics
Monte de Sol Charter School
Turquoise Trail Elementary

Socorro
Cottonwood Valley Charter School
Taos
Taos Charter School