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4 days ago
Think New Mexico

This afternoon, our Education Reform Director Mandi Torrez provided public comment to the Legislative Education Study Committee about the need for rigorous & relevant graduation requirements that ensure students have the knowledge & skills they need for college & career.

Specifically, we recommend including a semester of financial literacy, two credits of world language, and two credits of career and technical education in the state's high school graduation requirements.

NM ranks 47th in the U.S. in financial literacy. A recent poll found 98% of New Mexicans think it is important or very important for students to learn personal finance. We must give students the education they need to budget, save, and avoid costly financial mistakes.

Under current law, students only need one credit of either a world language (language other than English) or one credit of career & technical education in order to graduation. Yet both subjects are vitally important for students' futures.

Did you know that 60% of jobs with the highest demand for bilingualism do not require a college degree? Did you know many top colleges (including UNM) require two credits of world language? In a globalized world, language skills are essential for both college and career.

A U.S. Department of Education found that NM students who take at least two career & technical education courses in one area graduate at rates above 90%. From health care to teaching, CTE is essential for student success and to build our future workforce. All students should take CTE.
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❤️financial literacy ❤️ Thank you for your advocacy for our future!

Self-reliance should be Advocated in Every Family

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Isn’t the legislative education committee headed by a racist?

2 weeks ago
Think New Mexico

This #GivingTuesday, we hope you'll consider supporting Think New Mexico's work to develop and advocate for enduring, effective, evidence-based public policy solutions that benefit all New Mexicans. ... See MoreSee Less

This #GivingTuesday, we hope youll consider supporting Think New Mexicos work to develop and advocate for enduring, effective, evidence-based public policy solutions that benefit all New Mexicans.
3 weeks ago
Think New Mexico

We are delighted to welcome Mandi Torrez as Think New Mexico's new Education Reform Director!

Mandi is New Mexico's 2020 Teacher of the Year. She has a decade of experience teaching third and fourth grade in the Bernalillo Public Schools, and she was also recognized as that district's 2019 Teacher of the Year. Mandi holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Master's in Integrated Elementary and Special Education. Before becoming a teacher, she worked at the Farmington Daily Times as the News Editor and as Copy Editor.

Prior to joining Think New Mexico, Mandi served as Teacher Liaison at the New Mexico Public Education Department, and she has experience advocating at the state legislature as a New Mexico Senior Policy Fellow with Teach Plus New Mexico, a policy and leadership training network for teachers.

We are excited that Mandi will be leading Think New Mexico's major new effort to rethink New Mexico's public schools and lift up student performance and outcomes, particularly for the at-risk children who make up nearly three out of four students in our schools.
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We are delighted to welcome Mandi Torrez as Think New Mexicos new Education Reform Director!

Mandi is New Mexicos 2020 Teacher of the Year. She has a decade of experience teaching third and fourth grade in the Bernalillo Public Schools, and she was also recognized as that districts 2019 Teacher of the Year. Mandi holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a Masters in Integrated Elementary and Special Education. Before becoming a teacher, she worked at the Farmington Daily Times as the News Editor and as Copy Editor.

Prior to joining Think New Mexico, Mandi served as Teacher Liaison at the New Mexico Public Education Department, and she has experience advocating at the state legislature as a New Mexico Senior Policy Fellow with Teach Plus New Mexico, a policy and leadership training network for teachers.

We are excited that Mandi will be leading Think New Mexicos major new effort to rethink New Mexicos public schools and lift up student performance and outcomes, particularly for the at-risk children who make up nearly three out of four students in our schools.
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