Education

November 2019 – School Mill Levy & Bond Election Overview

There will be two questions to be voted on.

Question 1 – Continuation of a Public Schools Capital Improvements Tax (Mill Levy).

“Shall the Albuquerque Municipal School District continue to impose a property tax of $2.00 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of property allocated to the Albuquerque Municipal School District for the property tax years 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023, and 2014 for the purpose of (1) erecting, remodeling, furnishing and equipping, including security equipment, school buildings; (2) purchasing or improving school grounds; (3) maintenance of school buildings or schools grounds; (4) purchasing and installing education technology improvements?”

Question 2 – Authority to Issue School District Bonds (School Bonds)

“Shall the Board of Education of the Albuquerque Municipal School District, Counties of Bernalillo and Sandoval, New Mexico be authorized to issue up to $100,000,000 of general obligation bonds for the purpose of erecting, remodeling, equipping and furnishing school buildings; purchasing or improving school grounds; purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public schools; providing matching funds for capital outlay projected funded pursuant to the Public School Capital Outlay Act; or any combination of these purposes?”

 

APS History and Facts

  • Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) has a FY 18 budget slightly ($1.342 billion) less than than the combined budgets ($1.587 billion total) of the City of Albuquerque (FY 18 – $956 million) and Bernalillo County ($ 629.7 million) combined.  Note that APS school enrollment has been in decline.  In 2014, APS student enrollment was 94,083 students and declined in 2018 to 82,159 students.
  • Even though student population has declined, APS budgets have remained steady from $1.3 billion  in 2015-2016 (2014 data not available)  to 2018 $ 1.342 billion.  The APS budget covers Operating Funds, Special Revenue Funds, Capital Funds, Debt Service Funds and Enterprise Funds.
  • APS, under Superintendent Reedy, has abolished audits. There is no transparency in APS of how taxpayer dollars are being spent.
  • November 7, 2018  The APS school board voted to put a property tax increase on a mail in ballot initiative for February. Because of automatic property tax increases every year guaranteed by legislation and enacted by the Bernalillo County Clerk, voters were encouraged to contact the APS board and tell them what they thought about another property tax increase. You can continue to contact them at http://www.aps.edu/about-us/board or better yet, show up and tell them personally how you feel at the next Board of Education meeting at the John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE. Here are the phone numbers and emails for the APS School Board Members:Board Members

    Dr. David E. Peercy 
    District 7 (2021)
    President

    Phone: (505) 880-3729  Email: peercy_d@aps.edu

     Lorenzo L. Garcia
    District 3 (2021)
    Vice President and Audit

    Phone: (505) 880-3729   Email: garcia_lore@aps.edu

    Yolanda Montoya-Cordova
    District 1 (2019)
    Secretary

    Phone: (505) 880-3729   Email: yolanda.cordova@aps.edu

    Peggy Muller-Aragón 
    District 2 (2019)
    Finance

    Phone: (505) 880-3729   Email:Peggy.mulleraragon@aps.edu

    Barbara Petersen
    District 4 (2019)
    Policy and Instruction

    Phone: (505) 880-3729   Email: Petersen_b@aps.edu
    Term Expires: 2019

    Candelaria “Candy” Patterson 
    District 5 (2021)
    District Equity and Engagement

    Phone: (505) 880-3729   Email:  Candelaria.Patterson@aps.edu

    Elizabeth Armijo 
    District 6 (2021)
    Capital Outlay, Property and Technology

    Phone: (505) 880-3729  Email: Elizabeth.Armijo@aps.edu

    Please remember that the number of students in APS is declining and APS may already be overbuilt!  Also remember that our new Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, has promised to get rid of Charter Schools! 

Albuquerque Board of Education

Who represents District 7 on the APS Board of Education?

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 – David Peercy

Phone: (505) 880-3729
Email: peercy_d@aps.edu

Dr Peercy is currently the President of the APS Board of Education for the period March 2016 – March 2017 and entering his eighth year on the Board.  Although registered as a Republican, Dr. Peercy basically votes with the Democrat union-controlled school board members.  His term expires expires: 2021

Next APS Board Meeting:

September 19, 2018.  Meeting begins at 5:00 pm.  Purpose of meeting: APS Board Meeting.  No agenda is posted.

Location:  John Milne Community Board Room, Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE

NM Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC)

This committee serves as the “gateway” on new education efforts as well as reviews current performance.  The narrative below describes its functions in detail.  The LESC holds meetings during the year and advises the Legislature during sessions.  It is a very important committee for those who care about education in New Mexico. 

Created in 1965 as a permanent bipartisan, bicameral interim committee of the New Mexico Legislature, the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC):

  • conducts a continuing study of all education in New Mexico, the laws governing such education and the policies and costs of the New Mexico educational system, including the training of certified teaching personnel in postsecondary institutions;
  • recommends funding levels for public education;
  • recommends changes in laws relating to education; and
  • makes a full report of its findings and recommendations.

The LESC is comprised of  31 legislators (10 voting, 21 advisory) appointed to provide proportionate representation from both houses and both political parties. Assisted by a permanent staff, the committee meets regularly during the interim between legislative sessions to study education issues. To fulfill its statutory responsibilities, the LESC attempts to provide all legislators with objective information pertaining to New Mexico public schools as well as to state and national education trends.

OPERATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION STUDY COMMITTEE

Work During the Interims: During each interim, the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) examines a wide range of education issues, both fiscal and programmatic, that affect the achievement and well-being of preschool, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students in New Mexico. Issues are identified at the initiative of committee members, other legislators, or bills or memorials; and the LESC Interim Workplan establishes the framework for the committee’s research, data collection, deliberations, and analysis.

The office of the LESC is located in Santa Fe, where the meetings are often held. The committee also regularly travels to other communities to meet in local schools and to invite wider public participation in LESC meetings. Typical meetings consist of reports by the LESC staff, supplemented by testimony from the Public Education Department, the Higher Education Department, or other agencies, as well as testimony from various parties interested in a particular issue. This process ensures that committee meetings provide forums for school personnel and other citizens to present their opinions on education matters to legislators.

The LESC staff supports the committee by conducting research, preparing reports, and presenting findings and recommendations to the committee at its regularly scheduled meetings. Staff members also are available to assist individual legislators in obtaining information about education, analyzing potential legislation, and providing other related services.

Each year, the LESC provides the Legislature with a report of its activities, summarizing the findings of interim studies and the recommendations of the committee for action during the upcoming legislative session. Hard copies of the report are distributed to members of the Legislature, to other legislative offices, and to certain offices of the executive branch. In addition, education associations receive electronic copies, which they are encouraged to forward to their members; and the report is available on the LESC website, http://lesc.nmlegis.gov. Other information, such as agendas and minutes of meetings and staff reports, is also accessible on this website.

Finally, the office of the LESC serves as a resource to New Mexico citizens, particularly to public schools, as well as to other states and national organizations seeking information about education in New Mexico. Using local, state, and national resources, networks, and databases, the staff provides information to legislators, education policymakers, and local school districts and education agencies. Staff members also assist school personnel with their requests related to education.

Work During Legislative Sessions: The major responsibility of LESC staff during legislative sessions is to assist the education and finance committees of the two houses, as well as other committees, by providing analyses of public school-related legislation under consideration and by supplying technical support in the development of public school support appropriations. In this role, staff members prepare expository, statistical, and graphic analyses of both financial and programmatic aspects of the New Mexico educational system; staff members also assist individual legislators in the initial stages of drafting legislation and help legislators analyze potential advantages and disadvantages of measures under consideration.  For more go to:  https://www.nmlegis.gov/Entity/LESC/Overview  

For a complete list of LESC bills tracked in 2018 go to:  https://www.nmlegis.gov/Entity/LESC/Documents/LESC%20Bill%20Tracking%202018%20Session.pdf