Talking/acting in support of a new educational choice for New Mexico kids

If you aren’t already aware, the Rio Grande Foundation has a weekly radio show on AM 1550 KIVA. This week’s show which airs Sunday afternoon from 3-4pm is available online now due to the time-sensitive nature of an upcoming opportunity for New Mexicans to demand this new option.

Before sharing more about that option, check out this incredible story from USA Today of a 14 year-old girl from Florida who attends an online school so she can manage her burgeoning small business. It’s just one of many ways in which online schooling can be tailored to the needs of students with diverse interests. So, if you want similar options for New Mexico kids….

A public hearing on New Mexico Connections Academy is scheduled on Monday, August 20th!

Come show your support for school choice and for New Mexico Connections Academy by attending the Community Input Hearing on Monday, August 20th at 2 p.m. The hearing will be held at Mabry Hall, Public Education Department, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe. This is your opportunity to share your story about why your family and New Mexico need this high-quality full time virtual educational option. We really need you to come out and show your support for this proposed school! Please plan to attend.

New Mexico Connections Academy will be:

  • tuition-free, public school;
  • grades K-12;
  • available for students throughout New Mexico;
  • providing instruction from New Mexico-certified teachers experienced in online instruction;
  • providing instruction from New Mexico-certified teachers experienced in online instruction;

If you can’t make it to the hearing, please write to the Commissioners of the Public Education Commission. We need interested families to attend the hearing and also write a short note to the Public Education Commission asking them to approve our application. A “yes” vote on our application is a “yes” vote for your children and other children across our great state!

Public input should be sent electronically by clicking here and written input should be sent to Public Education Commission, c/o Beverly Friedman at 300 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM. The deadline to receive your comments is 5:00PM. on August 23rd.

Please email if you have any questions or comments about our charter application, the public hearing, or the Founding Board.

A final decision on our charter school application is expected no later than September 30, 2012.