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Welcome to the NMRECA
The New Mexico Regional Education Cooperatives Association (NMRECA) is comprised of ten regional education cooperatives. We are located throughout New Mexico, supporting 68 districts (most of them rural), charter schools, and state-supported schools. In addition, NMRECA members work directly with the New Mexico Public Education Department on state-wide projects and initiatives.
The NMRECA is affiliated with the NM Coalition of Educational Leaders (NMCEL), the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA), the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
A Message from the NMRECA President
The NMRECA recently presented their fiscal year 21 budget request to the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. The request is a repeat of last year's request to increase the annual allocation to provide an equitable base of funding for annual "open the door costs" associated with each of our agencies. We currently receive a one-million-dollar appropriation that we share equally among our ten members. Our current request is an increase and is for three million, which is a start to cover the annual "open the door" costs we each incur.
The NMRECA is also proud to report that we are working more collaboratively than ever to support statewide efforts on behalf of the Public Education Department. We serve several joint efforts including the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) efforts to provide a vocational transition specialist in each region. We recently completed and are hopeful for a continuation of the childcare initiative that is a partnership between PED and the ECECD. This effort has proven very beneficial to support communities across the entire state with childcare issues, and it has created an amazing resource that you can find on our School Reentry Child Care Support Project page. We are entering the second year of support with the dossier program for teacher licensure, providing both coaching for those submitting and for reviews of dossiers. We have supported and continue to support the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) initiative with the Special Education Division. This year, we will be also supporting as a collaborative effort the implementation of other initiatives, including MLSS and teacher evaluation.
The RECs continue to provide critical ongoing supports for their member districts and have been stable, consistent entities throughout the last six months of the COVID pandemic. We provide shared services for business managers, cooperative purchasing, general education coaching and support, and special education coaching and support.
The NMRECA continues to advocate to implement the language under HB 111 that the governor signed after it unanimously passed in the 2019 legislative session. HB 111 requested $1.9 million to build capacity in the RECs to be a delivery system of consistent technical assistance and professional development in the state. This bill was stripped of funding, so we continue to work to get the request implemented.
The NMRECs have been here since 1984, and we continue to provide excellent services and support for our member districts and the public education department.
Please take time to review our updated brochure.
We welcome our newest executive director, Kelley Alsup from REC#8 in Artesia.