Special Session

With our special session starting tomorrow, I would like to share what my priorities would be if I were your District 44 Representative. I will share one each day.

In Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal I read a story titled,  “Millions of girls might not go back to school” shedding light on Covid-19’s haunting effects on girls throughout the world.  

Here is a link to Danielle Paquette’s article in the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/coronavirus-girls-education-west-africa/2020/06/12/84a23c44-a5a8-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

While I was in district leadership from 2016 through 2018 at RRPS, we were able to engage 27 churches from Rio Rancho, Corrales and the Westside of Albuquerque. In our monthly meetings our mission was simple, but plenty powerful, “to look after assisting in the social and emotional well being of our children”. 

After reflecting on the article and the work RRPS does with partnerships in the community, social and emotional learning must be present and forefront for our students when school returns this fall. This year, wholly-educating our children will be challenging, but dire, to the health and well-being of our communities.

My suggested priorities this session regarding Education:

  • Leave funding in education alone. 
  • Market to other states that over 1,000 highly qualified teachers are in need in the state of New Mexico, and we have kept pay raises for teachers intact because we know this is a critical time.
  • Leave funding for CYFD, and require the department to come up with new strategies and guidelines for protecting our children in the midst of Covid-19. We will protect the innocent at a higher level than ever before in this state’s history.
  • Ensure that every student will have two good meals a day and ask the New Mexico Superintendents and Charter School Directors to work with community partners on their backpack program.

I am here to answer your questions or concerns at gary@garytripp.com. It is my duty to support our educational system and protect our children.