Teachers and other educators are at the heart of the education system. But according to the court’s ruling, New Mexico lacks enough teachers to meet student and classroom demands. Teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates. And our most experienced educators are not teaching in low-income communities.
- Raise teacher pay: To be competitive with surrounding states, teacher pay should be raised to $45,000/$55,000/$65,000 (tiers for starting salaries) and adjusted for inflation.
- Provide more professional development: Teachers should be supported with more professional development days, at their full daily rate of pay. This must include building capacity for culturally-responsive, bilingual instruction and endorsements to Teach English as a Second Language (TESOL).
- Build a pathway of new teachers: Tuition stipends and incentive programs can increase the amount of Native American, bilingual speakers and early childhood educators.