Thursday, May 25, 2006

Richardson Unveils Plan for High School Education

Yesterday, Governor Richardson unveiled his plan to improve high school education in New Mexico, so that more students are adequately prepared for college and careers.
Components of Governor Richardson’s high school redesign proposal include:

Develop New Mexico’s High School Diploma of Excellence
Increase drop out age from 16 to 17
Increase graduation requirements
Create a statewide cyber academy
Increase funding for career technical high schools
Increase funding for Advanced Placement courses and teacher training
Increase funding for Pre-AP to target students in underserved areas and better prepare them for high school
Change funding for senior year to create incentives for districts to make senior year more meaningful
Charge the existing Higher Education/Public Education Alignment Taskforce to create a statewide funding framework for students who are dually enrolled, as well as eliminate the 10th grade competency exam and replace it with a more meaningful assessment of high school proficiency and college readiness.
If you set high expectations, people will strive to meet them. Governor Richardson is not content to fail the youth of New Mexico, so he is challenging them by increasing funding for AP courses and teacher training and increasing graduation requirements. He's changing funding to make senior year more meaningful since too many students check out on the last day of their junior year.

Governor Richardson is preparing for the future by establishing a state-wide cyber academy. Students must be prepared to live and work in the 21st century and Bill Richardson is giving them the tools to do well in the future.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the press release, the details come out, and you'll see that this is a plan that any citizen of any state would be proud to have their Governor introduce. We all want what's best for our kids, but it's a great day when our government invests in our kids.

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