IAF organization in Albuquerque wins big at New Mexico state legislature: press agenda across a broad front
Months into the New Mexico legislative session, Albuquerque Interfaith (AI) leaders have advanced school accountability, early childhood education, supports for immigrants and increased health security.
Through intense collaboration with state legislators, AI leaders succeeded in crafting legislation to eliminate A-F grading system for public schools and replace it with a diagnostic system of accountability. AI leaders ran point on legislation that established, for the first time in the state, a department of early childhood education.. AI fought and won more funding for K-12 schooling.
Seeking to reverse the effects of a two-tiered system for (undocumented) immigrant drivers' licenses, AI persuaded state legislators to expand the utility of the bottom-tier of licenses. The second tier is now equivalent to Real IDs, including acceptance by the TSA, state police and financial institutions.
Albuquerque Interfaith/IAF makes play for statewide impact: Launches Legislative Strategy to Restore Investments in Children & Families
Look for Albuquerque Interfaith/IAF to be crawling all over the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe during this year's legislative session. About an hour away from Albuquerque - the state's largest city - the broadbased citizens organization is stepping out. Focus: 1) Neighborhood Preservation, Community Safety and the Criminal Justice System; 2) Strengthening Schools and Public Education for All; 3) Immigrant Justice, Worker Protection and Workforce Development; and 4) Rebuilding Behavioral Health System and Health Security for All.