"This is an important election as the state’s largest school district faces multiple challenges in determining how best to educate our children.
"Tapia-Romero is another proud APS graduate — of Chaparral and S.R. Marmon elementaries, John Adams Middle and West Mesa High. In addition to her business administration and child development degrees, she’s on the governor’s Early Learning Advisory Council, is policy chair of the New Mexico Child Care & Education Association and has 21 years’ experience as an early childhood educator, founding the New Mexico Early Learning Academy. Her children also graduated from APS.
Tapia-Romero says APS is administrator-heavy, does a poor job tracking student improvement and does not have parents’ trust. She says it needs to be responsible for every line in its $1.8 billion budget and “get outcomes” for students by building relationships, understanding one size does not fit all, and “getting trade, certificate and dual-credit word out.”
“It’s not a money issue,” she says. “It’s how we’re handling it.” Tapia-Romero is well-situated to say, “As a parent, educator and life-long resident of Albuquerque, I am concerned about the direction and leadership of Albuquerque Public Schools. For far too long, our children and their education have suffered under bureaucracy and substandard education; if that wasn’t clear prior to the pandemic, it really should be glaring right now. Our children can’t wait any longer. I believe APS needs new leadership, and that we can and should expect more for our students. It’s time to step up and demand more.”
NewMexicoKidsCAN Action Fund
After thorough review of the candidates’ APS candidate surveys and the APS candidate forum, we chose to endorse these candidates in each of the four districts up for election. These candidates are aligned with our four guiding principles: Excellence, Options, Transparency and Innovation. We believe that the following Education Champions will bring necessary change to Albuquerque Public Schools to ensure that every child has access to an education that prepares them to be the future leaders our city and state need.
Crystal Tapia-Romero is a proven early childhood educator. As the owner of a five-star rated early childhood center, Crystal understands the importance of strong educational programming and operating a business successfully. She continues to expand her impact on early childhood education by serving as the policy chair for the New Mexico Childcare & Education Association and sits on the Early Learning Advisory Council to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Not only does Crystal understand education, but she is deeply committed to her community as she is a product of District 5 schools and a proud graduate of West Mesa High School. Crystal’s children are also graduates of Albuquerque Public Schools.