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After School
  Does New Mexico mandate after-school programs in all New Mexico public school districts?
New Mexico does not mandate the implementation of after-school programs in the public schools. However, after-school programs are included in some statutory language. In Chapter 22, Article 13 of the New Mexico Statutes, the Public School Code addresses "Courses of Instruction and School Programs." Within that statute, 22-13-26 provides the following:

22-13-26. Youth programs established.

The children, youth and families department, the state department of public education [public education department], the department of health, the human services department and the labor department shall each contract for programs, subject to appropriations provided for that purpose, funded through a public-private partnership, for community-based after-school and other prevention programs and services for youth. Each department shall ensure, prior to contracting for services, that private matching funding is available and committed for the purpose of the contract.

In addition, Article 2D of Chapter 22 sets forth Family and Youth Resources. This provides that a "family and youth resources program" may be created in any public school in the state. The program can "establish partnerships between the school and community organizations such as civic, business and professional groups and organizations; and recreational, social and after-school programs such as boys' and girls' clubs and boy and girl scouts," among others.

Please be reminded that in New Mexico, under 22-5-4 NMSA, a local school board has the power to set the school district's budget, which is approved by the Public Education Department.
Employment Opportunities
  How would I research and apply for employment opportunities with the New Mexico Public Education Department?
The New Mexico State Personnel Office (SPO) recruits for all New Mexico state agencies. Job openings are updated daily. You can apply for jobs online at http://www.spo.state.nm.us/.
  Does New Mexico have a website that lists vacancies in local school districts?
Yes. The New Mexico Regional Applicant Program, which can be accessed by clicking www.nmreap.net, lists positions available within our 89 school districts.

Once you are on their website, select the option of your choice.

You can also contact the district you are interested in working for directly. All 89 districts and their contact information are listed in the A–Z Directory under "D". Click on "district websites," and, in the list of districts, click on the district in which you have an interest.
GED Transcripts
  How do I get a copy of my GED?
Requests for GED transcripts must go to: www.diplomasender.com. Diplomasender archives records from 1943 to the present. For an additional charge, you may contact and work with Diplomasender staff by telephone at: 1 (855) 313-5799.
Graduation
  Where on the website can I find a list of high school graduation requirements?
Graduation requirements and other graduation information can be found here.
Home School Applications
  Is the Public Education Department the agency I contact about home schooling my children?
Yes. Parents/legal guardians must register as a home school via the home school website or send written notification to the secretary of education at 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786 (Attention: Home School Bureau) within 30 days of establishing a home school. Additionally, re-notification must be submitted on or before April 1st of each year thereafter.

If you are seeking to fill out the form for notification via the website and have run into trouble sending the form, please click on the Home School Operators Procedures Manual, then go to page 3 of the manual, which contains the form. You can print the form, fill it out, and mail it to the following: Linda Olivas, Charter Schools Division, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Or, you can fax the form to 505-827-7389.
Instructional Hours
  How many instructional hours are required for grades K–12?
You can access Section 22-2-8.1 NMSA regarding the length of school day by clicking here and entering the site. Type in 'instructional hours'. Scan the list for 22-2-8.1. Or, more directly:

22-2-8.1. School year; length of school day; minimum.

A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, regular students shall be in school-directed programs, exclusive of lunch, for a minimum of the following:

(1) kindergarten, for half-day programs, two and one-half hours per day or four hundred fifty hours per year or, for full-day programs, five and one-half hours per day or nine hundred ninety hours per year;

(2) grades one through six, five and one-half hours per day or nine hundred ninety hours per year; and

(3) grades seven through twelve, six hours per day or one thousand eighty hours per year.

B. Up to thirty-three hours of the full-day kindergarten program may be used for home visits by the teacher or for parent-teacher conferences. Up to twenty-two hours of grades one through six programs may be used for home visits by the teacher or for parent-teacher conferences. Up to twelve hours of grades seven through twelve programs may be used to consult with parents to develop next step plans for students and for parent-teacher conferences.

C. Nothing in this section precludes a local school board from setting a school year or the length of school days in excess of the minimum requirements established by Subsection A of this section.

D. The secretary may waive the minimum length of school days in those school districts where such minimums would create undue hardships as defined by the department as long as the school year is adjusted to ensure that students in those school districts receive the same total instructional time as other students in the state.

History: 1978 Comp., § 22-2-8.1, enacted by Laws 1986, ch. 33, § 2; 1993, ch. 226, § 4; 2000, ch. 107, § 1; 2003, ch. 72, § 1; 2009, ch. 276, § 1; 2011, ch. 35, § 1; 2011, ch. 154, § 1.
Licensure
  How do I get my licensure questions answered?
Link: http://ped.state.nm.us/Licensure/index.html
E-mail: LicensureUnit@state.nm.us
Phone: (505) 827-5821
Mailing address:
Professional Licensure
300 Don Gaspar
Jerry Apodaca Building—Suite 101
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Pre-K
  PreK sites. Where can I obtain a complete listing of all PreK sites in New Mexico that includes contact information?
  Eligibility. Who is eligible for PreK funding in New Mexico?
State law allows eligible providers to receive funding for PreK programs. To be eligible for public school PreK funding, an applicant must be a public school district or charter school.

PreK services are for children who have attained their fourth birthday prior to September 1.
Private Schools
  Archives. For how long are private school records kept in New Mexico? What do these records contain?
Outside of accreditation reports and copies of accreditation certificates, the Public Education Department does archive private school records. Please contact the private school directly.  If you are inquiring about a post-secondary institution, please contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department at (505) 476-8400.
Retirement Benefits
  Contact. Who do I contact regarding my retirement benefits/payments?
If you are a retired teacher, contact the New Mexico Education Retirement Board (NMERB). Their website address is www.nmerb.org. The following are the telephone numbers for their two state offices:
Santa Fe—(505) 827-8030
Albuquerque—(505) 383-6550
If you are a retired state (public) employee, contact the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico (PERA). Their website address is www.pera.state.nm.us. For questions concerning membership and retirement contact: pera-memberservices@state.nm.us. The following are the telephone numbers for their two state offices:
Santa Fe—(505) 476-9300
Albuquerque—(505) 383-6550
School Records
  Copies. How do I acquire a copy of my high school diploma or school transcripts?
Please contact the school district that you attended and from which you graduated to obtain your records.

Click Here for the link to the districts' websites.

Under state rule (available by Clicking Here), all public schools and public school districts must retain transcript records, even when a school closes. The rule includes the following:
1.20.2.101 STUDENT CUMULATIVE EDUCATION RECORD FILE

D. Retention:

(1) Transcript. Cumulative achievement record equivalent for elementary and secondary school including information on school entry, withdrawal, graduation, subjects taken, grades received, high school proficiency exam score etc
.: 90 years after date of high school graduation or 90 years after student concerned would normally have graduated from high school, whichever applies.

If you attended school at a non-public, alternative, or private school, those records are only transferred to the closest public school district if the school elected to do so upon closing. If the public school district does not have the records, there is nothing the state can do to assist in finding those records. If you have any additional questions about alternative education programs, policy, etc. please contact our Charter School Division at (505) 827-6909.
Solicitations
  Contact. My company offers a service that could be of interest to public schools and districts.
Please contact the school districts directly. For district websites, please visit http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/districtwebsites.html.
State Agency Information
  Links. How do I find listings for New Mexico government offices?
The state telephone directory can be viewed online at www.phonebook.state.nm.us. Please send updates to phonebook@state.nm.us. Other resources:

State Agency Listings - www.newmexico.gov. Click on the 'A to Z Directory' option at the top right of the Government home page. Locate the agency of interest within that directory.
State Agency Information - (800) 825-6639
Student Testing
  Where can I find information on student testing?
  Testing calendar. Where can I locate the testing calendar for New Mexico's state assessments?
HERE

EoC stands for End-of-Course (Exam)
HSCE stands for High School Competency Exam
NMAPA stands for New Mexico Alternative Performance Assessment
NMELPA stands for New Mexico English Language Performance Assessment
SBA stands for (New Mexico) Standards-Based Assessment.

For any additional questions regarding student testing, please call (505) 827-5800, option #2.
  Test scores. How can I get a copy of my child's test scores?
The Public Education Department is not authorized to release student scores without the permission of the local school districts. To access you child's test scores, please contact your local school district.
Transcripts
  Where do I go to receive a transcript from my high school which is now closed?
Please contact the school district directly - Click Here

Under state rule (available by clicking HERE), all schools and school districts must retain transcript records, even when a school closes. The rule includes the following:
1.20.2.101 STUDENT CUMULATIVE EDUCATION RECORD FILE

D. Retention:

(1) Transcript. Cumulative achievement record equivalent for elementary and secondary school including information on school entry, withdrawal, graduation, subjects taken, grades received, high school proficiency exam score etc
.: 90 years after date of high school graduation or 90 years after student concerned would normally have graduated from high school, whichever applies.
Transportation
  Who can I contact regarding school bus safety concerns?
For information regarding school bus transportation in New Mexico, please contact the Public Education Department main line at (505) 827-5800, option #5.
Vendor Questions
  Who do I contact about becoming an approved vendor for the State of New Mexico?
Please contact the General Services Department at http://www.generalservices.state.nm.us/statepurchasing/.
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