Charter Colleagues and Interested Parties,
The NMCCS has responded to several recent articles from local newspapers regarding charter schools. We have included the links to the articles as well as the links to the NMCCS responses. Greta Roskom and I (Kelly Callahan) will continue to monitor and respond to any charter-related news. We will post them to this site as soon as we get information and/or responses. Please send us any media information that you see to us at the NMCCS. We are monitoring daily. In addition, we will also post to this site any Legislative news that comes up as quickly as we can.
Please monitor this site regularly for the most up-to-the-minute information. Thank you.
NMCCS Response to the Alibi:
Whereas we agree with many of the opinions stated in the article entitled "Expanding The Achievement Gap", by Maggie Grimason, we are dismayed by the plethora of untruths about our NM charter schools. The NM charter school movement is unique in that many of our charter schools have deliberately targeted, as their primary missions, disadvantaged, special needs, and ELL students. If anything, charter schools are closing the "chasm of inequality". By law, charter schools are prohibited from "selecting" the students they enroll. Many charter schools provide free transportation and intentionally select locations on city bus routes to guarantee equal access to all students. The references to a "mayor’s" influence over and control of charter schools clearly indicates that this writer does not know our state. There are two authorizing entities in NM, neither of which is the mayor’s office. We would hope that the author of this article, and the Alibi would have done some fact-checking before going to press.
Kelly S. Callahan
New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools
400 Gold Ave. SW, Suite 660
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-842-8203 Ext. 101