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Our vision for the future of public education in New Mexico extends beyond our classrooms, schoolyards and places of learning; it permeates our communities. This vision, based on the collective wisdom of educators, not only encourages students to become creators and innovators, but also is pragmatic in its approach. It acknowledges shared responsibility and the fact that our state’s social and economic challenges are inextricably linked with our desire to create a robust public education system that serves the needs of all students, from early education through higher education.


Student Teachers Federation

Are you a student teacher needing liability insurance coverage? 
The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFT NM) can help make sure you are covered.
Please note, any student teachers looking to be covered by liability insurance through AFT NM, should process their application and payment through the links below. In light of the public health crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the safest way applicants can apply and pay for coverage. We are no longer accepting applications and payments in the AFT New Mexico office located at 530 Jefferson St NE Albuquerque, NM 87108.  

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A Year Like No Other

While there are a lot of different feelings and opinions about the upcoming school year, without question the 2020 academic year will be like no other we have experienced in our careers, or even our lifetimes.

We know the beginning of the academic year will not be without transitional challenges, especially since local districts and higher education institutions have wide discretion in the approaches they are able to take to educate students during the fall semester. Some districts and higher education institutions have already chosen to continue remote learning through the fall term, and some are waiting for further guidance from our Governor to plan their next steps towards increased hybrid, in-person instruction.

Our union, at a national, state, and local level, has been fighting to ensure local decisions are being made which not only balance your needs, but also the needs of the students and families we serve. We remain steadfast that all local educational decisions must prioritize the health and safety of the educational community. This prioritization is underscored by recent reports that almost three dozen separate educational sites across New Mexico have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 – even before many educational sites opened their doors to students.


Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.


American Federation of Teachers New Mexico 
Seeks Temporary Restraining Order 
Against Gallup-McKinley County Schools

Petitioners Seek District Compliance with NM Public Education Department Order


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              

August 7, 2020  


John Dyrcz | 505-554-8679
Shane Youtz | 505-980-1590

Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, and McKinley County Federation of United School Employees (MCFUSE) President Patrice Carpenter and Executive Vice President


Action: Ask the ERB to Divest Our Retirement Funds from Private Prisons

In case you missed it, educators across New Mexico are asking the Education Retirement Board (NMERB) to divest retirement funds from private prisons. We know that these institutions promote the School to Prison pipeline and we believe our hard-earned money should not be used to fund these companies.

Currently, NMERB has only $1.4M in private prison companies out of an investment fund of $13 billion. So, this will not hurt our retirement funds. On the contrary, private prisons are one of the riskiest investments on Wall Street. Click here to read more!

You might have seen that the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) Fed Rep Council passed a motion calling on the ERB to take action. Click here to read more!

AFT New Mexico is calling on educators across New Mexico to sign on and ask the NMERB to re-direct our retirement money. Please sign the petition online now by clicking HERE!

Thank you for taking action!

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Ly

AFT New Mexico, President

Stand With New Mexico Educators for Safe School & Higher Education Re-Opening


The COVID-19 pandemic has been like nothing we have ever experienced, however, from the beginning of the school and higher education closures in March, dedicated public educators have been going above and beyond in service to our students, our communities, and our families.

Schools aren’t just where students take tests and get homework, they’re where they interact, learn life lessons, and develop the social and emotional skills that take them into adulthood. 

They’re also where millions of kids get meals, after-school care, and other important support – all provided by the dedicated educators who share our communities.

New Mexico educators did their best during this Spring’s remote learning, truly “building the plane while flying it,” but still, our students experienced a huge loss of learning, and New Mexico’s lack of digital infrastructure exposed our existing inequities in education.

New Mexico educators want to reopen to at least a hybrid model. Most have been impacted by the coronavirus personally, and they teachers can tell you stories of how their students have been affected.

We strongly endorse reopening if basic safety ‘must haves’ are met:

o   Physical distancing of 6 feet,

o   Increased Hand washing,

o   Face coverings and PPE,

o   Improved Ventilation,

o   Ongoing Labor/Management collaboration.

All this cannot be done on the cheap – these are the investments we mean when we talk about spending more money on education and in our communities, and less money on policing and militarization. This is the stuff that will actually be make or break for our kids.

o   Our national analysis costs out an additional $116.5 billion for instructional staff, distance learning, before- and after-school care, transportation, personal protective equipment, cleaning and health supplies, health staffing, custodial and cleaning staff, meeting children’s social and emotional needs and additional academic support for students.

o   The average school will need to see an extra $1.2 million, or $2,300 per student, to open its doors.

o   This is separate and apart from the $175 billion that all school districts need to retain their educators at a time when state and local revenues are cratering.  

o   We need federal money for this QUICKLY so that high-need districts can do their infrastructure improvements now, if we have any chance of safely reopening in the fall. 

Add your name TODAY (BY CLICKING HERE) to show you stand with New Mexico’s public educators and call on New Mexico’s school districts and higher education institutions to prioritize student and educator safety as mandatory before we re-enter the academic year. 


By signing this petition, you are allowing AFT New Mexico to contact you regarding this or future public education campaigns.