Albuquerque Public Schools
Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) is the largest of New Mexico’s 89 school districts, serving about a fourth of the state’s public school students in 144 schools. In the 2019-2020 school year, the district enrolled 80,100 students.
Democrat Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, mandated that teachers across the state either receive the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, or submit to daily testing. The Governor said these steps are “tough but necessary.” She even mandated vaccines for social events across the state. You must present proof of vaccination in order to enter the New Mexico State Fair as well.
In March 2021, Scott Elder, the APS superintendent, announced that Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, the largest high school in the APS District, will not award a prom king or queen for the 2021-2022 school year. KRQE reports the district saying that, “We believe this change will reflect and celebrate the diversity that is present within our student body and community.” Instead, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School will be awarding a Homecoming Court. On the APS website, the district characterizes their decision as a “break with tradition” to “promote inclusivity and diversity.”
At a board meeting on July 21, 2021, the APS Board of Education discussed Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the district’s stance on implementing the theory into district curriculum. The district said the New Mexico Public Education Department has asked all districts to purchase “high quality, culturally responsive instructional materials. ” The statement said while CRT is not directly referenced in the New Mexico social studies state standards or APS curriculum, some of the same themes may coincide with CRT ideas.
Updated – October 4, 2021