New Mexico

Public Education Department

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe , New Mexico 87501-2786

Dr. Veronica C. Garc

Secretary of Education


Beverly Friedman

Public Information Officer





For Immediate Release: December 9, 2005



Secretary García Hosts Community Conversation For Shiprock Community December 15, 2005


[ Albuquerque] – On Thursday, December 15, 2005, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, New Mexico Education Secretary Veronica C. García will host a “Community Conversation on Closing the Achievement Gap” at the Shiprock Chapter House , located off of Highway US 64, just north of the town of Shiprock, New Mexico.

“Since April of last year, I have held 22 community conversations across New Mexico. These conversations have reinforced my belief in the power of conversation and the ability of the community to find lasting solutions,” Secretary García said, “Closing the achievement gap and raising expectations for all of New Mexico’s students are both key components of our education reform initiative. In terms of achievement gap data, Native Americans are the lowest performing group when the data is disaggregated by ethnicity. For this reason, I am particularly looking forward to talking with and listening to community members of Shiprock as we work together to understand the root causes of the achievement gap on Thursday evening.”

Parents, teachers, students and members the Shiprock community are invited to attend and participate in the discussion. For more information about the Shiprock Community Conversation, please contact Larry Emerson or (505) 360-8968. For more information on upcoming Community Conversations, please call the New Mexico Public Education Department at (505) 222-4752 or (505) 476-0393.