Put Joy in the Senate . . . New Mexico State Senate Distrcit 23!

I am running for New Mexico State Senate District 23 on the West Side of Albuquerque. Knocking on doors everyday, filling out dozens of questionnaires, recruiting volunteers, raising money–all because grassroots democracy rocks, and I believe I can make a positive difference in Albuquerque, in my community and in the state of New Mexico. Vamanos! Kapshida! Let’s go!

NM PED secretary Hanna Skandera continues effort to destroy teachers’ unions

I wrote the following letter to the ABQ Journal today:  NM PED Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera has joined three former and one current appointed state education heads in filing an Amicus brief to support the case of the Vergara v. California lawsuit.
Here is background: http://laschoolreport.com/supporters-of-vergara-lawsuit… .
Hanna Skandera has joined this lawsuit in her official capacity as secretary of education.
Who paid for the lawyers that prepared and filed this brief? What interests do they represent not only in California but in other states as well? At a time when there is a teacher shortage in many New Mexico districts and educators throughout New Mexico are struggling to meet mandates put in by rule and not by the State Legislature, how can such involvement be justified by the Governor? Ms. Skandera needs to listen to teachers in New Mexico instead of going back to California to join a lawsuit that seeks to destroy the professional unions that advocate for educators and the students and families they serve. This lawsuit and the involvement of Ms. Skandera is a deliberate arrow in the morale of teachers across this state and country. Shame on her.

http://studentsmatter.org/…/Amici-Brief-filed-9.15.15.pdf . Here is the brief on which Hanna Skandera is a co-submitter in her official role as NM PED secretary of education.

The PARCC test and its impact on students, families, educators and futures

As I continue to write my new book on education, I am researching the latest developments with standardized testing and how the Common Core State Standards, the PARCC test and the Smarter Balance test have driven an economic frenzy among educational publishing companies and investors who now believe that education is a prime field for investment. The PARCC consortium, made up of only 11 states and the District of Columbia has just finished meeting in Colorado about “cut scores.” I am focused on looking at the impact of the release of cut scores and the targeted publications and programs that will use those scores as a platform for new industry. http://parcconline.org/news-and-updates/325-setting-cut-scores

Break on through to the other side!

It’s time to let my renaissance, entrepreneurial spirit soar! Here I come, World! I want to leave you better than I found you, and I want all the people with whom I interact to know how unique, precious and valuable they are!

The Third Way

In politics, in life, in relationships, the third way, discussed widely in the writings of the late Stephen Covey, is an essential commitment. Not my way (or the highway), not your way, but a new way forged from discussion and dialog — a way that was never envisioned until we truly listened to one another with authenticity, love, honesty, an heart.

I’m back! Be sure to vote!

Now that I am writing a murder mystery, I had better practice my writing more frequently. On the eve of the presidential election, I encourage all registered voters to follow their conscience and vote for the individuals that they believe will truly embrace and honor the diversity of positions and will be committed to collaborating and communicating to find real solutions. Vacuous political comments benefit no one, and politicians who think people owe them a career have no place in my reality. Be sure to vote!



Reflections on the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011

As the year 2010 comes to an end, I am taking some time to reflect on my progress and growth as a human being over the last 12 months. Part of my process to do this is to read, study and interact with Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. I was raised my a mother who believed in positive affirmations and posted some that nurtured her on mirrors about the house. This book reminds me of the importance of going within and responding to those self-destructive beliefs with positivity, action and commitment. I want to live a life of authenticity, creativity, self-knowledge, service and love.

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