Our Goal is to Advocate for education policies and practices that will lead to a direct improvement in the academic achievement of students in public schools and give every child the opportunity to receive a high-quality education that adequately prepares them for success in college, the workforce, and life.
Our Core Beliefs:
The Chamber’s Education Reform Policy Planks
- Measure academic achievement in a consistent and transparent way; use data to support struggling students, turn around low-performing schools, and replicate success
- Develop and empower effective school leaders
- Provide more high-quality education options for all students
- Expand access to high-quality early childhood education programs
Progress and Initiatives
- The Chamber was an early, strong supporter of creating a $300 million endowment fund to responsibly pay for the ongoing expansion of early childhood programs.
- Several ABQ-area, Chamber-backed charter schools have successfullylaunched, added grades, or increased enrollment over the past few years; are among the top-performing schools in the state; and serve a largely low-income, minority student population.
- Last year, Solare Collegiate – a Southwest Mesa charter middle school – successfully opened at full enrollment, and a new Albuquerque charter middle school – Voz Collegiate – will launch next school year.
- A long-time advocate for improving how education dollars are spent, the Chamber supported legislation requiring school-level budgets to be made available to the public for the first time, allowing the allocation of funding by school districts to be studied and scrutinized.
- Language in the state budget increases the percentage of school funding that large school districts must devote to classroom instruction from 75% to 80% and requires certain districts to raise instructional spending.
Learn more about how we promote educational reform across the state.
Contact the Chamber by email or by phone. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions – and determine whether involvement in our educational reform initiative is of interest to you.