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Tom actively promotes parental choice and involvement in education. He has been active in education in New Mexico, both through Catholic education and involvement as a regional advisor to Educate New Mexico, a privately funded, non-profit organization dedicated to helping New Mexico families exercise their right to a quality education by promoting parental choice and providing financial assistance.

Federal mandates have not improved New Mexico schools, and the monies and testing requirements are often squandered at a bureaucratic level rather than reaching the classroom. By lowering Federal taxes and Federal involvement in education, local school boards will benefit from parents retaining more money and having more time to spend with their families. Education really must start and end at home.

Tom believes that there is no single silver bullet to our educational challenge, but he does believe that some of the solutions implemented in Florida should be considered by New Mexico. These solutions include: proper testing and accountability, school choice options through tax incentives or vouchers, school and parental choice opportunities, improved academic expectations, and ending social promotion. If a child cannot read in the 3rd grade, we must not turn our head and socially promote them to the 4th grade. We all recognize the high dropout rate in New Mexico high schools. Without parental involvement, society is sentencing our children to servitude regarding employment options


  1. Tom,
    Last year we home schooled our daughter. It was quite a rewarding experience for her and for us as parents as well. We choose to home school because we wanted to make sure that we not only had a level of control over the facts and figures she had to learn but also regarding values and philosophy. Often times during the process we could have used some amount of support from APD for mostly general questions but there is such a division between the school district and those of us who choose to home school that we were left pretty much on our own. As a representative is there anything that can be done to provide greater support for those who choose to home school? By the way, she is back in 10th grade with APS this year and has not only not missed a beat but is ahead in many areas. As well the study habits she developed are serving her quite well. We’d still be home schooling but we left it up to our daughter and since she wanted the “High School” experience we supported her decision to go back to public schools.

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