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
- Assemble a committee of local leaders to work with directors of high-quality charter schools on opening another campus, adding grade levels, or expanding enrollment.
- Maintain bipartisan opposition in the Legislature to charter school enrollment caps and moratoria on new charter schools.
- Work to pass legislation making it easier – and more equitable – for charter schools to lease, buy, or build high-quality school facilities.
- Work with state leaders, early childhood practitioners, and our non-profit partners to cultivate a well-prepared and professionalized early childhood education workforce.
- Lead a successful in-person re-launch of the Chamber’s ABQ Reads program, which provides literacy instruction from volunteer tutors to struggling K-1 readers in APS.
- Explore the possibility of bringing an innovative apprenticeship program to Albuquerque and/or expanding efforts to place young people in the workplace to learn professional skills, with the goals of building a stronger homegrown workforce and providing kids an opportunity to see meaningful career and college pathways.
- Support the rigorous measurement of academic progress in order to help struggling students and schools, and focus education dollars in the classroom – particularly COVID relief funding.
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.