HOUSE MEMORIAL 80
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
Sheryl Williams Stapleton
RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF MAGNET SCHOOLS IN NEW MEXICO.
WHEREAS, there are approximately four thousand three hundred forty magnet or theme-based schools in the United States serving nearly three million five hundred thousand students; and
WHEREAS, the Albuquerque public school district has sixteen magnet schools serving five thousand one hundred students; and
WHEREAS, magnet schools are the original form of public school choice and have played an integral role in promoting racial and socioeconomic integration since the landmark United States supreme court decision of Brown v. Board of Education; and
WHEREAS, magnet schools are based on five pillars of success: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high quality instructional systems and family and community partnerships; and
WHEREAS, students who attend racially and socioeconomically diverse magnet schools have higher levels of twenty-first century skills and capabilities such as critical thinking and the ability to communicate across different cultures; and
WHEREAS, students who attend racially and socioeconomically diverse magnet schools are also more likely to reject stereotypes, adopt multiple perspectives, develop cross-racial friendships and seek out diverse colleges and universities, workplaces and neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, theme-based magnet schools provide families with a wide variety of public school choice options that nourish the individual talents and abilities of all students and prepare them for college and future careers through innovative teaching and learning; and
WHEREAS, magnet schools connect today's learning with future opportunities through industry partnerships, workforce connections and community support for students in all grades; and
WHEREAS, Coronado elementary school, a dual language magnet school in the Albuquerque public school district, became the first nationally certified magnet school in New Mexico in 2018, by demonstrating its implementation of highly rigorous national certification standards;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the contributions that magnet schools have made toward student excellence in New Mexico be recognized; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to magnet schools of America and the superintendent of the Albuquerque public school district.
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