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Santa Fe Public School Board Member District 5

The Santa Fe Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Candidates must live in the boundaries of the school district and be qualified electors of the state.

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What are the two or three best ways to improve district schools?

How would you allocate the increased funds coming from the federal government?

How can the board foster the recruiting and retention of teachers with full credentials?

What programs or approaches, if any, should be developed to raise the graduation rate?

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Improving schools starts with ensuring equity across the district so that all students have what they need to succeed. We must ensure that resources are equitably distributed to students of color and Indigenous students, students with disabilities, English learners, and students experiencing economic challenges including housing or food insecurity. It’s critical that we engage families inside and outside of the classroom and care for the social-emotional needs of students, families, and staff.
The district engaged stakeholders to find out how they wanted to spend ESSER funds, and it’s important that we honor the insight of the community into how the funds should be spent. Stakeholders, including teachers, students, and families, said that they wanted smaller class sizes, more out-of-classroom activities, pathways to prepare students for college and careers, and increased access to activities that promote social skills and interaction--all incredible ways to utilize increased funds.
The Board has to utilize its power as a unit to work with the Legislature, boards across the state, and state leaders to increase teacher salaries and allow retired, fully credentialed teachers to return to the classroom without delay. The pay differential between New Mexico and surrounding states has a huge impact on our ability to attract and retain quality educators. The Board can also support programs to help credential school staff who wish to pursue teaching as a career.
It’s critical to use a comprehensive approach to raising the graduation rate. This starts with expanding pre-K, shown to increase graduation rates down the line. We must ensure that programs for English learners, students experiencing homelessness, and special education students are fully funded and staffed. Teachers need the time and flexibility to truly differentiate instruction for each student. We have to support families and their needs to increase school attendance and student wellness.