July 23rd, 2014 | 7 Comments
The ad doesn’t mention the controversial social promotion or merit pay, but does mention increasing graduation rates in the state.
“Governor Susana Martinez is moving New Mexico’s education system forward and she is committed to making the improvements to get the job done — even if it means standing up to the union bosses who will do or say anything to stop her. As a result of the governor’s reforms, our graduation rate is now improving faster than any other state in the country, with minority and low-income students seeing the largest gains,” campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said in a statement.
In the ad, charter school principal Kathy Sandoval-Snider, of the Albuquerque Institute for Math and Science, praises Martinez, saying she has the “courage to do something different.” The full transcript of the ad is available at the bottom of the post, below the video.
Sandoval-Snider has been a favorite of conservatives in the state. She received an award from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce last summer. Sandoval-Snider has also defended Martinez’s education reforms in the past.
The ad also mentions that New Mexico is spending more money than ever before on education. However, when adjusted for inflation, New Mexico had the second-largest drop in per-pupil education funding between 2009 and 2012.
The campaign says the ad will air statewide on broadcast and cable networks.
Susana Martinez: “We’re investing more in education than ever before. But money alone isn’t the answer.
Kathy Sandoval-Snider: “We can’t keep doing the same thing. It doesn’t work. It takes courage to do something different and governor Martinez has that courage.”
Governor Martinez listens to principals, she listens to teachers about what works.
Narrator: “New Mexico is now the top state when it comes to improving graduation rates.”
Martinez: “There’s more to do but let’s focus on moving forward, not turning back.”
Narrator: “She’s our governor. Susana Martinez.”
Written by Matthew Reichbach
Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.
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