Not on our watch!
That was the rallying cry of the day at annual New Mexico Capitol Day earlier this week, when more than 100 parents, students, and educators gathered to rally in support of school choice.
Led by National Coalition for Public School Options board member Kyla Anderson, the group rallied against SB 429, a bill aimed like a dagger at New Mexico virtual school students.
The bill would:
- Remove K-4th grade as an option for virtual public school entirely
- Eliminate further grade levels not deemed adequate, which means a student in virtual school could theoretically thrive in 5th grade, be forced to enroll in another school for 6th grade, and then re-enroll in virtual school for the 7th grade.
- Prohibit those who live in school districts with under 1000 students from enrolling in virtual school entirely
“Not on my watch,” Kyla said. “Virtual education is too important for the mental and physical health of my children and I will not rest until this terrible, discriminatory bill has been shelved. There’s no one-size-fits-all education and virtual schools are an integral part of parent choice and student success. Legislators should be opening up more avenues and ways for children to learn, not discriminating against students who could benefit from alternative learning methods.”