New Mexico school districts
|K-12 Education in New Mexico|
|State Superintendent: Hanna Skandera|
|Number of students: 337,225|
|Number of teachers: 21,957|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:15.4|
|Number of school districts: 135|
|Number of schools: 866|
|Graduation rate: 70%|
|Per-pupil spending: $9,070|
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Public education in New Mexico
Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 State law
- 3 School board elections
- 4 See also
- 5 External links
- 6 References
New Mexico is home to 135 school districts, 866 schools and 337,225 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Public Education Commission
The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment.
|2.) Las Cruces|
|3.) Rio Rancho|
|4.) Gadsden Independent|
|5.) Santa Fe|
|6.) Gallup-McKinley County|
|7.) Farmington Municipal|
|8.) Roswell Independent|
|9.) Los Lunas|
|10.) Clovis Municipal|
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in New Mexico as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic Information for New Mexico's K-12 Public School System|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students||276||0.08%||0.42%|
|Two or More||3,872||1.15%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The New Mexico Public Education Department adopted these standards on November 29, 2010. In addition to the Common Core State Standards, New Mexico added state-specific standards that focused on culturally relevant texts and instruction. The standards were phased in starting in 2012 and will be fully implemented by 2015.
School board composition
New Mexico school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members may be appointed. New Mexico school board elections typically follow one of these two methods, or a mixture thereof:
- At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
- District: Only voters residing in a specific geographic area within the school district may vote on certain candidates, who must also reside in that specific geographic area.
Districts with a population of more than 16,000 residents must follow the district method of election, while districts with a population below 16,000 residents can choose between the two election processes.
School boards can consist of five or seven members. School board members serve four-year terms, which are staggered every two years.
New Mexico contains only traditional school districts. Districts may levy ad valorem taxes without voter approval. With voter approval, districts can issue general obligation bonds. With approval from the state board of education, districts may also issue revenue bonds.
New Mexico does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.
School board elections
- See also: New Mexico school board elections, 2015
A total of eight New Mexico school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections for 20 seats in 2015. All of the elections were held February 3, 2015.
Here are several quick facts about New Mexico's school board elections in 2015:
- The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2015 was Albuquerque Public Schools with 94,318 K-12 students.
- The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2015 was Roswell Independent Schools with 10,201 K-12 students.
- Four districts were tied the most seats on the ballot in 2015 with three seats up for election.
- The other four districts were tied for the fewest seats on the ballot in 2015 with two seats up for election each.
The districts listed below served 197,993 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.
|2015 New Mexico School Board Elections|
|District||Date||Seats up for election||Total board seats||Student enrollment|
|Albuquerque Public Schools||2/3/2015||3||7||94,318|
|Farmington Municipal Schools||2/3/2015||3||5||10,727|
|Gadsden Independent Schools||2/3/2015||3||5||14,182|
|Gallup-McKinley County Schools||2/3/2015||2||5||12,271|
|Las Cruces Public Schools||2/3/2015||2||5||25,353|
|Rio Rancho Public Schools||2/3/2015||2||5||16,870|
|Roswell Independent Schools||2/3/2015||2||5||10,201|
|Santa Fe Public Schools||2/3/2015||3||5||14,071|
Path to the ballot
To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in New Mexico, a person must be:
- A "qualified elector" in the state and school district
- A resident of the geographic district in which they are running, if they are running in a school board election using the district election process instead of an at-large election process
The process of running for office as a school board candidate begins with filing a "declaration of candidacy" form with the appropriate election authority by the close of business on the third Tuesday of December in the even-numbered year preceding the election. Candidates may withdraw from the race or file as write-in candidates as long as they file the appropriate form prior to the close of business on the 35th day preceding the election.
New Mexico school board candidates running in districts with student enrollment over 12,000 residents must file one campaign finance report with the New Mexico Secretary of State prior to the second Tuesday in April each year.
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- American Federation of Teachers - New Mexico
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- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- New Mexico Public Education Department, "Number of School Districts in the State," accessed August 9, 2013
- New Mexico Public Education Department, "New Mexico Public Education Commission," accessed June 13, 2014
- New Mexico Public Education Department, "Enrollment by District, from Largest to Smallest," accessed August 9, 2013
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed July 12, 2014
- New Mexico Common Core Standards, "Making New Mexico Students Competitive in a Global Economy," accessed June 17, 2014
- New Mexico School Boards Association, "Chapter II," accessed July 11, 2014
- United State Census Bureau, "New Mexico," accessed July 11, 2014
- National School Boards Association, "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 8, 2014
- New Mexico School Boards Association, "Elections," accessed July 11, 2014
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Guide to Campaign Finance and Campaign Reporting," accessed July 11, 2014
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