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Please take 10 minutes to give the NMPED feedback on the Martinez and Yazzie consolidated lawsuit (Martinez/Yazzie).

The NMPED's strategy to move forward with Martinez/Yazzie is focused on creating an effective and equitable education system with supports for all students focused on root-cause analysis, equity-focused leadership and continuous improvement, and culturally and linguistically responsive curriculum (CLR) and pedagogy.

To help achieve the goals listed above, districts and charter schools must initially concentrate on the development of the following:

1. establishment of equity councils at each district and charter school;

2. completion of a Martinez and Yazzie Readiness Assessment and equity plan to support schools;

3. implementation of a CLR framework for every school; and

4. submission and implementation of 90-day plans through the New Mexico Data, Accountability, Sustainability, and High Achievement tool (NMDASH) with a specific focus on economically disadvantaged students, Native American students, English learners, and students with disabilities. As well as the implementation of the New Mexico Spotlight system to track annual progress.

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* 1. Establishment of District and Charter School Equity Councils. The opportunity to lead with equity-focused leadership and through continuous improvement is at the forefront of this work. 

NMPED will work with each district and charter school to establish a Superintendent’s/Executive Charter School Director’s equity council, with members who are selected from the district and charter school community.

The equity councils will lead the completion of the Martinez/Yazzie Readiness Assessment to determine how they are serving and leveraging funds for the students named in Martinez/Yazzie, as well as the implementation of the Indian Education Act, Hispanic Education Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Office for Civil Rights for English Learners. The members of the equity councils must be named by December 9-16, 2019.

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