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Episode 832 | The Legislature & New Mexico Families

Episode 832 | The Legislature & New Mexico Families


>>REPRESENTATIVE CHASEY, YOU
HAVE A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD STUDY WHETHER NEW MEXICANS SHOULD
INSTITUTE PAID PARENTAL LEAVE. WHY DO YOU THINK WE MIGHT NEED
THIS?>>I THINK WHAT THE ADVANTAGE
IS, IS THAT IT ENCOURAGES FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR
CHILDREN’S LIVES AND I THINK IT MAKES THEM MORE DEDICATED
EMPLOYEES, HEALTHIER EMPLOYEES, HEALTHIER CHILDREN, SO FORTH.
WE ARE THE ONLY DEVELOPED COUNTRY WITHOUT PAID PARENTAL
LEAVE AND OF COURSE THIS IS NOT MANDATING IT.
IT IS REALLY ASKING FOR A GROUP TO FORM WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO
LOOK AT WHETHER IT SHOULD BE PART OF OUR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE
BENEFIT PACKAGE.>>WOULDN’T THAT COST US A LOT
OF MONEY?>>WELL, THAT IS PART OF THE
IDEA IS TO LOOK AND SEE WHAT THAT WOULD COST US, BUT THIS
WOULD LOOK AT THE DADS AND THE MOMS HAVING SOME TIME TO BOND
WITH THE CHILD AND WE KNOW THAT IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT IN
RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN, CHILDREN WHO ARE RESILIENT AND I
THINK IT IS ONE OF THESE THINGS THAT WOULD PAY OFF IN THE LONG
RUN. IT IS JUST HARDER TO PROVE THE
BENEFITS.>>YOU HAVE ALSO INTRODUCED SOME
LEGISLATION THAT WOULD SHIFT SOME OF OUR ATTENTION IN CHILD
ABUSE AWAY FROM INTERVENTION TO PREVENTION.
>>WELL, I AM AN ATTORNEY AND I PRACTICE LAW IN THE FIELD OF
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT. I HAVE A CONTRACT AS A COURT
APPOINTED COUNSEL IN CIBOLA COUNTY AND VALENCIA COUNTY SO I
REPRESENT CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND I
REPRESENT PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN
DIFFERENT CASES, YOU KNOW. ON THE SAME CASE, YOU HAVE
DIFFERENT MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY YOU REPRESENT.
BUT, WHAT I HAVE COME TO REALIZE IS THAT THE APPROACH TO DEALING
WITH A FAMILY BY CYFD IS VERY, VERY MUCH THE SAME WITH EACH
FAMILY, ALTHOUGH FAMILIES VARY GREATLY IN THEIR NEED FOR
SERVICES. SOME NEED A LOT MORE HELP THAN
OTHERS. AND, WHAT I LEARNED FROM OUR
LEGISLATIVE FINANCE COMMITTEE IS THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF
STATES THAT HAVE IMPLEMENTED NEW MODELS CALLED EITHER ALTERNATIVE
RESPONSE OR DIFFERENTIAL RESPONSE.
AND IT IS AIMED MORE AT PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE AND THEN
HAVING A MORE FLEXIBLE APPROACH ALLOWING FAMILIES TO RECEIVE
SERVICES BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY ENTER INTO THE LEGAL SYSTEM.
>>SO, DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD SAVE US MONEY IN THE LONG RUN?
>>ULTIMATELY, IT WOULD SAVE US CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
THERE WOULD BE MORE FAMILIES REUNITED.
RIGHT NOW IT COSTS US 100,000 PER CHILD TO GO FROM THE CUSTODY
HEARING ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SYSTEM TO EITHER ADOPTION OR
REUNIFICATION. IT COSTS THAT MUCH — I THINK IT
COSTS MORE TO DO THE ADOPTION. I THINK THAT IS WHERE — WHAT
THE ANALYSIS HAS BEEN AND NOT THE REUNIFICATION WITH THE
FAMILY BUT THAT IS EXPENSIVE, SO, I JUST THINK THAT WE NEED TO
BE MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE IN OUR THINKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN
PROTECT CHILDREN AND HOW WE CAN RESTORE FAMILIES AND HOW WE CAN
INVEST OUR MONEY WISELY IN THE STATE.
>>SENATOR YOU ARE ONE OF THE EDUCATION EXPERTS HERE AT THE
LEGISLATURE AND YOU HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AS A TEACH,
TELL US ABOUT THAT.>>I AM A RETIRED EDUCATOR AND I
TAUGHT SCHOOL FOR ABOUT 27 YEARS.
I TRIED TO GO BACK AND FIGURE THAT OUT THE OTHER DAY AND
STARTING IN 1969 AND IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE.
I TAUGHT FIRST GRADE AND SO FOCUSED ON THE LITTLE ONES FOR
MANY, MANY YEARS.>>HOW ARE THINGS DIFFERENT NOW
FROM WHEN YOU STARTED IN 1969?>>I CAN TELL YOU HOW THINGS ARE
DIFFERENT BUT I CAN ALSO TELL YOU HOW THINGS ARE THE SAME.
CHILDREN BASICALLY ARE CHILDREN AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I
THINK THAT REMAINS THE SAME IS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT
WE PROVIDE A GOOD EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN AND THAT IS WHAT I
THINK WE DO IN THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO AND IN THIS COUNTRY.
SO, THAT STAYS THE SAME. SOME THINGS THAT ARE DIFFERENT,
I THINK IT IS CONCERNING TO ME AS WE EVOLVE AS A CULTURE AND AS
A COUNTRY, I DON’T KNOW THAT WE REALLY PLACE THE EMPHASIS ON THE
IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION WITHIN OUR FAMILIES AND THAT IS A GRAVE
CONCERN TO ME. AND I THINK THAT IS PROBABLY ONE
OF THE THINGS THAT WE CAN’T FIX LEGISLATIVELY, BUT IT IS
SOMETHING THAT WE AS A COUNTRY AND AS A STATE AND COMMUNITY, WE
NEED TO BEGIN TO FOCUS ON HOW CAN FAMILIES BE PART OF THAT
SYSTEM.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE SOME OF
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ARE
FACING RIGHT NOW?>>SO MANY PARENTS BOTH HAVE TO
WORK AND WHEN YOU SEND BOTH PARENTS OUT INTO THE WORKFORCE,
WHEN THEY COME HOME IN THE EVENING, EVERYBODY IS TIRED.
BUT, YET, 15 MINUTES, 30 MINUTES, JUST WHATEVER IT WOULD
TAKE TO SIT DOWN, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, TO SPEND
TIME READING, THAT IS NO. 1 THING THAT WOULD GET A CHILD OFF
ON THE RIGHT TRACK.>>HOW DO YOU THINK WE CAN BEST
HELP FAMILIES HELP THEIR KIDS?>>I THINK THAT WE NEED TO
PROVIDE A SECURE PLACE FOR THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL AND I THINK WE
HAVE DONE SOME THINGS LEGISLATIVELY THAT PROVIDE A
GOOD START TO THE DAY WITH A BREAKFAST PROGRAM.
I HAVE SUPPORTED THAT. I THINK THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT
PIECE. I THINK THAT WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE THAT CHILDREN ARE SAFE AND I KNOW AS OUR WORLD EVOLVES AND
THINGS CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY, WE ARE DOING SOME THINGS TO MAKE
OUR SCHOOLS MORE SECURE PHYSICALLY AND I THINK THAT IS
AN IMPORTANT THING WHEN A PARENT DROPS OFF A CHILD, THEY NEED TO
KNOW THEY ARE SAFE AT SCHOOL. SO, WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE
PARENT, BE AVAILABLE TO SPEAK TO TEACHERS, TO HAVE A GOOD
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SCHOOLS AND PARENTS.
MAKE PARENTS FEEL WELCOME. THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT THING.
>>YOU SIT ON THE EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE.
>>I DO. I AM ON SENATE EDUCATION AND
SERVE ON THE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION STUDY COMMITTEE IN THE
INTERIM.>>ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC
PROPOSALS YOU THINK WOULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE?
>>OF COURSE, I AM CARRYING ONE OF THE READING INTERVENTION
BILLS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE GOVERNOR’S REFORM MEASURES.
MY BILL IS DIFFERENT FROM THE HOUSE VERSION AND I DID THAT
BECAUSE IT IS WHAT I BELIEVE IN. I DID A LITTLE BIT OF CHANGING
AND MAY NOT BE IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH THE HOUSE VERSION
BUT I THINK THAT THERE IS THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO REALLY
CONSIDER RETENTION AND CURRENTLY IN OUR LAW, WE DO HAVE MANDATORY
RETENTION. AS PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE FIRST
YEAR A PARENT CAN SAY, NO, I DON’T WANT MY CHILD TO BE
RETAINED BUT THE SECOND TIME, A TEACHER GOES TO THAT PARENT,
THEN THERE IS A MANDATORY RETENTION.
I THINK MY BILL IS BETTER THAN CURRENT LAW BECAUSE IT OFFERS SO
MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR REMEDIATION, INTERVENTION
WORKING WITH PARENTS BEGINNING IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH THE
PROCESS, IF THE CHILD NEEDS HELP.
AND MOVING FORWARD BY THE TIME THE CHILD REACHES THIRD GRADE,
THE PARK TEST IS GIVEN AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT TEST IS
GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR SOME CHILDREN SO I HAVE OFFERED
IN MY BILL SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR OPTIONS.
SO IF THEY DON’T DO REALLY WELL AND DON’T REACH THAT LOWEST
LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY ON THE PARK OR THE SBA, THEN YOU HAVE A
CHANCE TO GO TO THE TEACHER AND LOOK AT A PORTFOLIO OF THAT
STUDENT OR TAKE ANOTHER ASSESSMENT.
WE DON’T WANT TO RETAIN KIDS BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE ARE
SOME CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE WHEN A CHILD IS TRULY NOT READY, WE ARE
DOING THEM NO FAVORS BY SENDING THEM FORWARD.
BY THE TIME THEY GET TO NINTH GRADE, IT IS NOT UP TO WHETHER
THE TEACHER WANTS TO KEEP YOU BACK OR SEND YOU FORWARD, YOU
HAVE EARNED THE CREDITS OR YOU HAVE NOT.
AND WHEN YOU DON’T, YOU TYPICALLY DROP OUT OF SCHOOL.
>>SENATOR SABIEN, EDUCATION IS SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY
IMPORTANT TO MANY FAMILIES. YOU’RE THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE
EDUCATION COMMITTEE. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU?
>>OTHER THAN MY ELECTED POSITION AND MY APPOINTED
POSITION OF CHAIR OF THAT, I HAVE THREE CHILDREN MYSELF.
I HAVE A 10 YEAR OLD, SIX YEAR OLD AND FOUR YEAR OLD, ALL
ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOL AT CORRALES ELEMENTARY SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO
ME FOR OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM TO BE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SO
THAT NOT ONLY MY CHILDREN BUT ALL THE CHILDREN IN NEW MEXICO
ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN LIFE THROUGH AN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION.
>>AS A LAWMAKER, WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IMPROVE
THEIR LIVES?>>WHAT I HAVE DONE OVER THE
LAST SEVEN YEARS IS LISTENED TO EDUCATORS.
I HAVE LISTENED TO TEACHERS ON THE GROUND, LISTENED TO
PRINCIPALS, LISTENED TO SUPERINTENDENTS ON WHAT THE BEST
PRACTICES ARE. WE HAVE 10 YEARS OF NO CHILD
LEFT BEHIND, WHICH IS UTTER FAILURE IN U.S. EDUCATION
POLICY. WE UNDERSTAND THE REFOCUS ON
LOCAL GOVERNANCE. WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE
FOUNDATIONAL PIECE, THAT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PIECE, TOO.
MANY TIMES EDUCATION IS SEEN AS K THROUGH 12.
THEN WE DEVELOPED PRE-K, PREKINDERGARTEN, THROUGH 12.
IN REALITY, IT IS LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, BUILD A BETTER FOUNDATION
FOR THE KIDS THAT ARE PRENATAL, ZERO THROUGH THREE, YOU GET A
BETTER STUDENT COME INTO PRE K AND KINDERGARTEN.
>>BUT TALKING ABOUT ZERO TO K, HOW DO YOU THINK SHOULD BEAR
MOST OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES THERE?
IS IT THE GOVERNMENT OR IS IT FAMILIES?
>>YOU KNOW, I THINK IT IS A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP.YOU
KNOW MY WIFE AND I WERE FORTUNATE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO
READ TO OUR SON AND READ TO OUR DAUGHTERS BEFORE THEY HIT THE
PRE K NOTE AND AS I WOULD SIT WITH TEACHERS, THOSE STUDENTS
WHO WERE PREPARED FOR PRE K AND KINDERGARTEN KNOWING LETTERS,
KNOWING HOW TO SPELL AND TO START TO READ, THEY WERE
ADVANCING FURTHER. BUT YOU STILL HAD STUDENTS THAT
DIDN’T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. NOW, SOME WOULD SAY THAT IS NOT
GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY, THAT IS FAMILY’S
RESPONSIBILITIES. I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY BUT WE
HAVE TO REALIZE IN THIS DAY AND AGE, ESPECIALLY IN NEW MEXICO
THAT WE DO HAVE SITUATIONS WHERE MOM AND DAD WORK TWO JOBS EACH.
THE CHILDREN ARE NOT READ TO ALL THE TIME, NOT BECAUSE THE FAMILY
DOESN’T WANT TO. SO MY BELIEF IS IT IS A
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AND IT IS INCUMBENT UPON THE STATE
TO HELP FAMILIES GET CHILDREN PREPARED.
I TALKED TO ONE OF MY KIDS KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS, THAT IT
TAKES A FULL SIX MONTHS TO TAKE THOSE CHILDREN WHO DIDN’T HAVE
EARLY CHILDHOOD ED, PRE K, WEREN’T REALLY PREPARED FOR
KINDERGARTEN, TAKES THEM SIX MONTHS TO GET LEVEL WITH OTHER
STUDENTS. WELL, IN A QUINTESSENTIAL WORLD
IF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS ARE READY FOR KINDERGARTEN THAT HAVE EARLY
CHILDHOOD, THAT HAD PRE K, WE WOULD MOVE ALL THOSE STUDENTS UP
AND HAVE A SIX MONTH HEAD START ON EVERYTHING AND THEN WE MOVE
THE STUDENTS UP TO THAT NEXT LEVEL, RATHER THAN TRYING TO
CATCH THESE STUDENTS UP TO WHERE THEY SHOULD BE.
THE INTERVENTION PIECE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD AND THAT IS WHY I AM A
CHAMPION OF EARLY CHILD SINCE LITERALLY I WAS SWORN IN.
THAT EARLY CHILDHOOD ZERO TO THREE, THEN FOUR YEAR OLDS AND
FIVE YEAR OLDS, IF WE DON’T DO A BETTER JOB OF CREATING THE
EFFECTIVE ROBUST SYSTEM THERE, THEN WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THE
SAME RESULTS AND THAT IS NOT A CONDEMNATION ON K THROUGH 12,
THAT IS, TO ME, A MESSAGE TO EVERYBODY IN NEW MEXICO THAT IF
WE DID A BETTER JOB, ZERO TO FIVE, THEN OUR TEACHERS GET A
BETTER STUDENT READY TO LEARN AND THEY ARE NOT HAVING TO DO
THE REMEDIATION, BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE THE INTERVENTION PIECE.

1 comment on “Episode 832 | The Legislature & New Mexico Families

  1. "Both parents are working two jobs"  Well yeah with minimum wage so low and with all the taxes you law makers stick us with I wonder why.  Now you guys are going to raise our gas tax and stick it to us some more.  Fuck off 

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