On the Issues

Education

Providing Opportunity for All New Mexicans

Martin believes that every child in New Mexico deserves access to a quality education. He understands that investing in early education is crucial for setting our children up for success. Martin envisions a robust public education pipeline that guides students from early childhood education to college or technical schools, preparing them for the jobs of the future. He believes that this pipeline should be fully funded and shaped by local input. 

Martin is also committed to expanding access to higher education and vocational training. He believes that every New Mexican should have the opportunity to pursue further education, whether it’s a four-year degree, community college, or vocational training. Martin’s parents did everything they could to ensure he had the opportunity to go to college. By advocating for policies that prioritize early childhood education, support educators, and expand access to higher education, Martin is working to ensure that every New Mexican has the same opportunity to succeed.


How Martin Has Delivered for New Mexicans:

  • Unlocked funding for early childhood education. Martin successfully led the federal effort to authorize funding from the Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education in New Mexico, ensuring that our children have access to quality early learning programs and reducing costs for parents.
  • Funded school based mental health services and school violence prevention. Martin secured funding for school-based mental health services and initiatives to prevent violence in schools, prioritizing the safety and well-being of our students.
  • Expanded access to apprenticeship programs. Martin secured federal funding to expand career training in New Mexico. Martin has also introduced legislation to expand access to apprenticeship programs, providing valuable opportunities for job training and skill development.
  • Secured full funding for child nutrition programs. Martin ensured full funding for child nutrition programs, including school breakfasts and lunches, to ensure that every child has access to nutritious meals that support their learning.
  • Required parent and educator input on state education plans. Martin advocated for legislation requiring parent and educator input on state education plans, ensuring that decisions about education policy are made with input from those directly affected.
  • Worked to improve teacher recruitment and training. Martin introduced legislation to enhance teacher recruitment and training programs, ensuring that educators receive the support and resources necessary to provide quality education to students.
  • Strengthened literacy programs and support for English as a second language students. Martin delivered funding to improve literacy efforts in New Mexico, to ensure every student has access to the help and support they need to succeed. Martin has also worked to strengthen support for English as a second language students, providing them with additional resources and opportunities for academic success.
  • Facilitated collaboration between labs and regional schools: Martin brought together national labs and regional schools to coordinate efforts in preparing students for careers in the science and technology fields, fostering seamless transitions from education to employment.