This examination of key issues in New Mexico public education emphasises policies and trends that will remain dominant in shaping schools and curricula in the state. Educational reform is a constant in New Mexico, as is the influence of politics since nearly one-half of the state's budget goes to education. But several other significant themes emerge. The vignettes included throughout the text are included to offer human interest touches to our New Mexico story. The state's multicultural heritage, for example, has left a lasting imprint on public education in the shape of bilingual education and the guarantee of funding regardless of socio-economic and ethnic differences from district to district. The federal presence that shapes so much of New Mexico also affects funding for education, from Bureau of Indian Affairs schools to meals for disadvantaged children. As elsewhere in the nation, New Mexico's school operations in general and curricular policy in particular require an increasingly challenging balancing act in which educators must comply with federal and state mandates while responding to demands for accountability from media, business, and local special interest groups. Designed for use in classes to prepare teachers, principals, and superintendents as well as specialists on the politics and financing of education, this long-needed book will also be useful as a reference and brief history for educational leaders, school board members, public education department personnel, education commission members, legislators, governors, parents, and special interest groups.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 414 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 17 mm
"A valuable reference for practicing educators and a must-have primer for students preparing for teaching careers."
"Public education is complex, but this book offers an overview of the subject for interested readers, who will then be better prepared to tackle this labryinthine subject."
" "Public Education in New Mexico" serves as a valuable reference for administrators, practicing educators and students preparing for a career in teaching. But the book could also appeal to parents and policy-makers, or those interested in shaping the future education of our children."
"["Public Education in New Mexico"] serves as a valuable reference for administrators, practicing educators and students preparing for a career in teaching. But the book could also appeal to parents and policy-makers, or those interested in shaping the future education of our children."