On Monday, the New Mexico Democratic Governor Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham tapped a non-profit leader from Philadelphia devoted to enhancing opportunities for the indigent, minority students and help lead the New Mexico Public Education Department.
Ryan Stewart, who is the executive director at the non-profit Partners in School Innovation, has taken control over the New Mexico agency. The agency will redraw its teacher evaluation, school ratings and student testing systems and offer investments in order to extend the learning time in classroom for students belonging to the highly populated Native American and Latino population.
Grisham has made enhancements in the public education sphere a major priority. Previous month, she made the shocking announcement of firing Karen Trujillo from the post of Education Secretary.
At a media conference, Stewart said he took the job offer as he was coaxed by Grisham’s description about a state in need of critical changes, especially for children who the system has not served well traditionally.
The change in leadership comes in as the lawmakers and the administration respond back to an order passed by court for New Mexico to bring in greater resources together for public education, particularly for the kids belonging to impoverished families and households which speak a language apart from English at their homes.