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
Initiatives and Progress
- Several ABQ-area, Chamber-backed charter schools successfully launched or expanded in 2018-2019, with positive results for their students
- Statewide, slightly fewer charter schools are serving many more students and getting better academic outcomes
- A Chamber-commissioned public opinion survey found that 70% of Bernalillo County parents support opening more charter schools
- As part of a broad coalition, the Chamber successfully defeated a charter school moratorium proposal and a legislative attempt to impose an annual cap on the number of students who can attend charter schools
- Over the past 8 years, as academic standards were raised and aligned with college readiness, the NM graduation rate rose eleven percentage points to an all-time high of 74%; at the same time, the college remediation rate has fallen from 50% to 33%
The Chamber was a key partner in a coalition that successfully helped pass a state budget and legislation that:
- Increases early childhood spending by $40 million
- Establishes a new cabinet department to oversee, coordinate, and be accountable for early childhood programs
- Does not tap the permanent fund to pay for programs or distribute pre-K funding through the traditional school funding formula
- Maintains a differentiated delivery system for early childhood programs and emphasizes high standards and early childhood workforce development
- Expands extended-school-year instruction to cover more at-risk students and elementary schools across the state
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.