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Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Hotline
Students, families, and community members can report school-based incidents of racial bias by calling the Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Hotline, maintained by the Public Education Department in compliance with the Black Education Act, HB43. The hotline is open to anyone and can be used to report incidents of racism, injustice, or discrimination against anyone in a school setting. The phone number is staffed by a trained department employee from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; after-hours callers can leave a message.
PED Little Lending Library
The New Mexico Public Education Department’s new Little Lending Library is now open! Secretary Kurt Steinhaus christened the library in May, along with the library’s talented design and construction team made up of students from the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School in Albuquerque. The little lending library is located on the east side of the PED building at 300 Don Gaspar in Santa Fe. Take a look, grab a book, leave a book!
New Support Line for All
988 is a new, free, and easy to remember nationwide helpline for emotional, mental, or substance use crisis. 988 calls, texts, and chats are answered by trained, compassionate behavioral health professionals who know community mental health and substance use resources. Learn more here.
How it Works
People who call 988 are given three options:
Press 1 to connect with the Veterans Crisis Line
Press 2 to connect with the Spanish Subnetwork
Remain on the line and be connected to a local crisis center; if local crisis center is unable to answer, the caller is routed to a national backup center
Text to Chat
People who text “TALK” to 988 will be connected to crisis centers equipped to respond to texts. Chat will be available through the Lifeline’s website.
For information about New Mexico’s COVID-19 Watchlist, please visit NMED here, where you can search by city or school name.
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Rooted in our Strengths
Students in New Mexico are engaged in a culturally and linguistically responsive educational system that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of ALL students.
Equity, Excellence and Relevance
The New Mexico Public Education Department partners with educators, communities, and families to ensure that ALL students are healthy, secure in their identity, and holistically prepared for college, career, and life.
Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Secretary of Education
Angelo J. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Deputy Secretary of School Transformation and Innovation (Interim)
Vickie C. Bannerman, Ed.D.
Deputy Secretary of Identity, Equity, and Transformation
Jacqueline Costales, Ed.S.
Deputy Secretary of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (Interim)
Managing Director (Interim)