As the world becomes increasingly competitive and the global economy more interconnected, it is critical that our children receive the best education possible. The future of our country depends on it. Unfortunately, the Senate Education Committee, under the leadership of Senator William Soules, has failed to take action to improve the education system in New Mexico.
By tabling Senator Craig Brandt’s Education Freedom Act, the committee has shown a lack of commitment to providing the students of New Mexico with the tools they need to succeed.
The Education Freedom Act, sponsored by Senator Craig Brandt, would have given parents the freedom to choose the best K-12 education for their children. This bill would have allowed families to choose from a variety of educational options, including traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, and home schooling.
With more choices available, parents would have been able to find the right educational fit for their children, helping to ensure that each student received the education they deserve.
The tabling of this bill is a failure not only for the families of New Mexico, but also for the future of our state. The current education system in New Mexico is broken, failing most children and disproportionately impacting poor and minority students. Senator Brandt’s bill was an opportunity to make significant changes to the system and provide children with a brighter future.
Senator Brandt’s statement following the tabling of the bill sums up the situation perfectly: “Our current system fails most of our children and has disproportionately failed poor and minority students. Until the administration can answer the multi-billion dollar question as to why our current system is failing, I will not accept the status quo as our future.”
While the education system in New Mexico is in dire need of reform, Senator Soules seems to be more focused on advocating for high-speed rail than addressing the significant issues within the state’s education system. This prioritization raises concerns about the Senator’s commitment to ensuring that the students of New Mexico receive the best education possible.
By prioritizing high-speed rail over education reform, Senator Soules is failing in his responsibility to provide the citizens of New Mexico with the tools they need to succeed in the future. It is time for Senator Soules to refocus his attention and prioritize the needs of the students of New Mexico.
We cannot accept the status quo. We must fight for education freedom and school choice. Senator Soules and the Senate Education Committee have a responsibility to provide our children with the best education possible. By tabling the Education Freedom Act, they have failed in that responsibility. It is time for change. It is time to give our children the tools they need to succeed. It is time to fight for school choice and education freedom.