NMSU study finds decrease in New Mexico teacher vacancies

Adriana M. Chavez, New Mexico State University
Published 2:58 p.m. MT Oct. 13, 2020

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Leaves change colors outside of O’Donnell Hall as fall arrives on the New Mexico State University campus in November 2015. (Photo: Karrie Lucero/NMSU)

LAS CRUCES – The number of teacher vacancies in New Mexico has decreased 11 percent compared to last year, while the number of admitted students and program graduates in higher education teacher programs have increased, according to the 2020 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report compiled by the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation & Policy Center at New Mexico State University.

“Despite the pandemic, the same teaching areas and subjects continue to yield the most vacancies, including math, science and English language arts among subject areas of need, and elementary and special education teachers continuing to make up a majority of all teacher vacancies,” said Rachel Boren, director of the Southwest Outreach Academic

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New Mexico Special Ed Teacher Dies Of COVID-19

His 91-year-old mother also tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Kind. Caring. Enthusiastic.

These are just a few ways friends, family, and faculty describe beloved New Mexico special education teacher Leo Lugo, who died at 57 on Sunday of COVID-19, ABC affiliate KVIA reports. Lugo is one of many teachers and school staff who returned to school only to contract the novel coronavirus and die — one of the more recent being Margie Kidd, a South Carolina first-grade teacher who died of COVID-19 on Sept. 28.

According to Gadsden Independent School District (GISD), Lugo developed symptoms last week while preparing his classroom during fall break. The Chaparral High School special education teacher later went to the hospital for treatment and was placed in a medically induced coma. Lugo was, devastatingly, among a half-dozen family members — including his 91-year-old mother — who tested positive for COVID-19.

“He was a very

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Schools allege overreach by New Mexico education secretary

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of school districts is challenging the authority of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s education secretary to drastically limit in-person instruction, dictate COVID-19 testing procedures and ensure employment for school staff whether they return to work or not.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in state court asked a state judge to limit a litany of measures implemented during the pandemic, from mandating COVID-19 testing of staff to dictating how and when student lunches are distributed.

“This is about local control and the competence of our school boards to make these decisions. We don’t need to be micromanaged. This is not about avoiding the science or avoiding safety protocol,” Gallup-McKinley School District Superintendent Mike Hyatt said.

The Gallup-McKinley School District, on the outskirts of the Navajo Nation that was ravaged by early outbreaks of coronavirus, is one of the plaintiffs.

An injunction in the case

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New Mexico extends successful partnership to get students back on track after education interruption

SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A statewide program to help New Mexicans navigate the challenges of education during the global health emergency will be extended after spring results demonstrated significant success in supporting K-12 students across the state.

Participants in the ENGAGE New Mexico program are connected to a personal academic coach to help the students develop plans for success in challenging times, answer questions about technology and curriculum, and connect students to community support.

“We knew that for many students and their families, going from a structured classroom setting to learning from home was going to be a very big challenge,” said Gwen Perea Warniment, the state’s deputy secretary of teaching, learning and assessment. “It makes perfect sense that some families needed help during this transition and, with the extension of this program, we are excited to be able to provide this help to anyone who

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New Mexico public education secretary under fire amid pandemic | Coronavirus

State lawmakers and top school officials on Thursday raised sharp criticisms of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s leadership as districts navigate the challenges of reopening elementary schools to students using a hybrid model amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Several members of the Legislative Finance Committee castigated the state agency for what they called an overreach of its authority when it came to creating and abruptly changing stringent guidelines districts must follow to open schools through the hybrid approach, which combines in-classroom instruction with remote learning from home. Some even suggested stripping power from the department and letting school administrators have a greater voice in the process.

Much of the concern centered on Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, who was not present for the legislative hearing on the state’s efforts to comply with a judge’s ruling in the landmark Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico lawsuit, which called for heavier investments

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New Mexico State University-Carlsbad to host virtual celebration

The Aug. 3, 1962 edition of the Carlsbad Current-Argus announced that registration for the New Mexico State University Carlsbad branch would open Aug. 12.

The article quoted director of the Carlsbad branch Paul J. Johnson who said those interested could sign up at “west wing of the Mid-High School” and that credits were transferable to four-year colleges, but those interested could complete a two-year full time program to receive an Arts and Sciences certificate.

In the article Johnson goes on to highlight courses in biology, business, accounting and chemistry as well as English, history and mathematics, and urged members of the community to consider participation in night courses offered at the branch.

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On Oct. 2, New Mexico State University (NMSU) Carlsbad celebrates its 70th anniversary by commemorating its long history beginning with its humble start as the Carlsbad Instructional

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Photographers across Mexico have been documenting the challenges of distance learning


Sarah Mac Gillivray Corpi, 7, a second-grade student at the Liceo Franco-Mexicano, cries while hugging her dog on her bed after arguing with her parents in the family’s apartment in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City in June. (Luis Antonio Rojas)

MEXICO CITY — It began in January.

Schools in China closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. They didn’t reopen.

Then, schools went dark in Europe. The Middle East. Latin America.

During the first half of 2020, 1.5 billion students around the world lost out on education because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Mexico, about 31 million children were affected. Many had struggled to learn even before the pandemic. Around half of Mexican children and adolescents live in poverty, according to UNICEF.

Mexico’s Education Ministry provided a mix of distance-learning options, including classes online or on public television. But only about half of homes have an Internet connection. And

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Advocates: Special education struggling in New Mexico | Legislature | New Mexico Legislative Session

Special-education students in New Mexico’s public school system are getting overlooked and underserved during the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and advocates told state lawmakers Thursday.

As they discussed the many challenges facing kids with disabilities — the lack of in-person and ancillary services and a reliance on untrained parents to teach children learning remotely from home as school campuses remain closed — advocates suggested the state’s special-education system is broken. 

“School districts are struggling to provide special-education needs as it is,” Laurel Nesbitt, an attorney with the nonprofit Disability Rights New Mexico, told members of the newly formed Legislative Disabilities Concerns Subcommittee during a remote meeting Thursday. 

Rep. Liz Thomson, D-Albuquerque, the parent of an adult with a disability, put it in blunt terms. Describing what it’s like to walk into a room full of strangers poised to evaluate your child, she said, “It’s adversarial — it’s you against the world,

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