The New Mexico Public Education Department is accepting applications and nominations from interested citizens to serve on the new Hispanic Education Advisory Council.
The Hispanic Education Act, the first of its kind in the nation, was passed by the Legislature and then signed by Gov. Bill Richardson on March 8. One part of the Act requires that a Hispanic Education Advisory Council be formed.
The council will be advisory to the Secretary of Education and will have 23 members representing parents, community organizations, public schools, post-secondary education, Hispanic cultural, the business organizations and other interested people chosen from across the state.
It will provide the Secretary of State with input on how to improve public education for Hispanic students, increasing parental involvement and community engagement.
Those who are interested can follow the link on the PED website at www.ped.state.nm.us/HEA.
For more information on the application process, call Michael Ogas, PED Hispanic Education liaison at 505-827-9972, or by e-mail to Mike.Ogas@state.nm.us. Deadline for applications and nominations is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1.