Schools on the Rise Day Proclaimed
March 10, 2005
(Santa Fe, NM)— Governor Bill Richardson has
declared Thursday, March 10, 2005 as "Schools on the Rise Day"
at the state Capitol with a proclamation that recognizes 19 New Mexico
schools that have risen in their ranking and are no longer rated as
probationary. The Public Education Department (PED) and the Horace
Mann Companies are sponsoring and celebrating "Schools on the
Rise Day" with a news conference at noon at the rotunda.
The governor's proclamation reminds citizens that closing the achievement
gap in New Mexico should be a matter of concern for everyone. The
proclamation also points out that 68% of students are meeting adequate
yearly progress as determined by the Public Education Department.
Many of the 19 schools will have displays in the Halls of History
on the east and west sides 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. Secretary Veronica C. García
"I congratulate the administrators, teachers, students and parents
that have worked hard to improve the education students are receiving
at the schools being recognized. The daylong celebration is an opportunity
for all New Mexicans to celebrate the accomplishment of these schools'
progress. We have many new measures of accountability and a new school
improvement framework that I’m confident will increase the numbers
of schools on the rise in the future.”
The 19 schools being recognized are Barcelona, Emerson, Kit Carson,
Lowell and Whittier Elementary in Albuquerque, Eva B. Stokley Elementary
in Shiprock, Eutimio “Tim” Salazar III Elementary in Espanola,
Jefferson, Lincoln and Thoreau Elementary and Crownpoint High in Gallup,
Edison Elementary in Hobbs, Lake Arthur Middle in Lake Arthur, Booker
T. Washington Elementary in Las Cruces, Kaune Elementary in Santa
Fe, Rita A. Marquez Elementary in Santa Rosa, Forrester and Wilferth
Elementary in Springer and Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary in West
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