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Immediate Release July 16, 2020


Any Training for Teachers to Teach on-line classes? No?

Senator Craig Brandt- 505-503-5001

Legislative Education Study Committee

Friday, July 17, 2020

web stream at www.nmlegis.gov, on upper right is webcast

With the start of the school year only weeks away; and school districts across the entire state making the decision whether to teach students on-line, Senator Craig Brandt (R-Rio Rancho) will be posing valid questions at the Legislative Education Study Committee Friday regarding that on-line teaching.

Senator Brandt notes that education experts are testifying that New Mexico students are up to six months behind on their studies since the state went to on-line learning in the spring. Senator Brandt said he fears that students will continue to lag even further behind if the Public Education Department (PED) has not given educators professional development courses on how to teach students effectively on-line.

“We have heard the discouraging news that our students are far behind in their studies. With students not in the classroom, we know there has been time in the past four months to provide professional development for our teachers. I will be asking PED Friday whether it has offered teachers courses specifically on how to teach students on- line to produce good results. If PED has offered professional development training on teaching on-line, why haven’t the courses been offered to teachers statewide,” Senator Brandt said he will ask.

As a member of the Legislative Education Study Committee, Senator Brandt said he has not been made aware of any professional development courses in on-line teaching and he says that should be a great concern for parents of school-aged students statewide. “Frankly, it is a grave concern for all New Mexicans if our students continue to fall behind in their classwork,” Senator Brandt said.

Legislative Education Study Committee July 15-17 2020

Meeting held by videoconference, visible and audible to the public via web stream at www.nmlegis.gov

Friday, July 17


(5) New Mexico School Reentry Plan. Dr. Stewart; Dr. Perea-Warniment; Dennis Roch, President, New Mexico School Superintendents Association and Superintendent of Logan Municipal Schools; TJ Parks, Superintendent, Hobbs Municipal Schools; Scott Elder, Interim

Superintendent, Albuquerque Public Schools (APS); Gabriella Blakey, Chief Operations Officer,


New Mexico State Senator Craig Brandt of Rio Rancho has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013. He is currently the interim Whip of the Senate Republican Caucus. His District 40 which includes the following cities, town and counties: Rio Rancho and the town of Bernalillo – Sandoval County. Senator Brandt, a Republican serves on the following committees when the legislature is in session: Senate Education and Senate Public Affairs. His Community Service has also included being Vice-President of the Rio Rancho School Board and he is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force as a Security Policeman. You can follow Senator Brandt on: Facebook at Craig Brandt for New Mexico, Twitter@Craig4NM


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