While no year is without challenges, this year has been one of our most successful years in recent association history. Mileposts from the year include:
- State Supreme Court victory in the Instructional Materials lending case.
- Defeat of HB 45 which sought to eliminate instructional materials funding for our schools.
- Based upon the court’s ruling, $531,000 was allocated to qualified non-public schools for instructional materials for the 2019-20 year.
- Membership levels remain strong with several new schools joining the association.
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Gala 2019
It was an honor to be invited to the Becket Fund Gala in New York City in May. This year’s recipient of the Canterbury Medal for Religious Liberty is the chaplain of the U.S. Senate, Dr. Barry Black. Many dignitaries including Sen. Orin Hatch (UT) were also in attendance. Our thanks again to Becket for hosting my trip, as well as the incredible role they played in our State Supreme Court victory. -Dr. John Foreman
Professional Development Workshop dates 2019-20
This year’s focus will be on board member training, governance models, alignment to mission and other key aspects of a successful board. Also included will be training on the effective relationship between the board and school leadership – and more. Board training is a common requirement for accrediting agencies. What better way to strengthen your board as you also meet a critical requirement for your next site team visit!
- October 4 – Hosted by Mesilla Valley Christian School in Las Cruces
- April 3 – Hosted by Hope Christian School in Albuquerque
More information will be provided as we get closer to the start of the new school year. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this excellent time of professional development.
NMANS “School Leader of the Year”
NMANS is pleased to announce that Mr. Andy Watson of Albuquerque Academy has been selected as our “School Leader of the Year” for 2019. Those who know Andy well appreciate that he has been a long-time advocate for private schooling, an innovative leader and one who has been instrumental in many key private school issues around our state in his tenure at AA.
Congratulations Andy and thank you for your many years of tireless service to our non-public schools in New Mexico!
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Montana Blaine Amendment case
Similar in several ways to our own State Supreme Court case of this past year (also a Blaine Amendment case), the high court has now agreed to hear a related case from Montana. Based upon a state law that equips parents who wish to send their children to a private school a way to do so.
In 2015 state lawmakers passed their first school choice program which allowed donors (via qualified scholarship programs similar to Arizona) a state tax credit of $150.
This is an exciting story to watch and one which may provide an opening for future similar decisions in New Mexico. To read the full story visit the June 30, 2019 online edition of the Wall Street Journal.
Invoices for 2019-20 NMANS membership will be mailed the first week of August and due by September 15. Beginning this fall only member schools will receive our regular email updates. While we will continue to provide basic information to all non-public schools, we will be limiting our more comprehensive services to our members.