ERIC Number: ED319564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
New Mexico's Policy on Indian Education. A Report on the Development of New Mexico's Policy on Indian Education.
Grayson, Wendy L.
On August 22, 1986, the New Mexico State Board of Education adopted its first policy on Indian education. The policy seeks to address the unmet educational needs of Indian students, mandates quality education for all Indian students, and establishes the process for ensuring that aspirations and expectations of Indian parents and students for educational excellence are met. Earlier in the month, the State Department of Education and Highlands University sponsored a seminar entitled "Quality Education in New Mexico." At that seminar, Indian people from across the state discussed and provided input into the policy statement. A clear consensus emerged. Scholastic problems include low test scores, high dropout rate, frequent absenteeism, high suicide rates, and poor performance at advanced studies. Recommendations involve more stringent standards for teacher selection, cooperation among concerned agencies, increased commitment among all educators, standardized curricula and records, adapted courses to meet student needs, oversight of the activities of administrator, increased parental involvement, greater emphasis on learning English, incorporation of American Indian culture, increased financial support, student incentives, and support for adult education. This report includes the formal policy statement, statements by state and tribal officials, 41 recommendations proposed by 13 committees at the seminar, results of the seminar evaluation, and a list of conference participants. (SV)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Div. of Indian Education.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico