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PED cabinet secretary tours New Mexico school districts

Diana Castillo
Updated: August 18, 2020 09:46 PM
Created: August 18, 2020 06:52 PM

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. — New Mexico Public Education Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Stewart has started his tour of school districts across the state.

Stewart’s first stop was Bloomfield, where he met with teachers and staff to hear their concerns about virtual learning.

"Like right now, today my biggest problem, the computers are lagging,” said Mrs. Gonzales, a teacher.

Stewart said New Mexico school districts are making the most of a bad situation.

"There's incredible stress on the superintendents, principals and teachers, but I think you really get a really good sense here that people are handling well, they’re making do in a situation that we never had to deal with before,” Stewart said.

During the meeting, officials presented a book to the cabinet secretary that outlines the district’s reentry plan, virtual learning models and other plans for the school year.

"And this does not replace direct instruction. Direct instruction also takes place throughout the day,” said Kevin Summers, director of pre-k curriculum.

Stewart was shown what a virtual classroom looks like for the average students and also what their real classroom will look like when some students return in September.

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