Stand up for Kids

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Contact: Joey Keefe | (505) 259-4471

Tim Keller announces “Stand up for Kids” policy plan

- On the last day of the school year, Tim Keller, candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque and current New Mexico State Auditor, unveiled today his “Stand up for Kids” policy plan aimed at increasing the Albuquerque city government’s outreach to schools across the city.

Keller said that while the Albuquerque Public Schools is a separate governmental body, the City of Albuquerque can and should be doing more to assist the school district by providing additional “wrap-around” programs and services for students.

“The city really needs to step up and fill the gaps where programs are disappearing. The Parks and Recreation Department is capable of offering after school and summer programs to reduce the strain on hardworking parents and the APS budget, and there is no reason for the department to not be coordinating with the district in these efforts,” Keller said. “As Mayor, I will bring activities and programs directly to our schools oriented around the needs of our community.”
Keller outlined the “Stand up for Kids” platform, which includes:
  • Fill the the gaps by offering after school and summer programs through the city’s Parks & Recreation Department
  • Create a mobile phone app so parents can find activities in their area
  • Advocate for additional APS funding during the legislative session
  • Provide community-oriented services so kids have the support they need, including basic health services and a school lunch
  • Bring together nonprofits like YDI that offer gang prevention and counseling services for students
Those interested can read about Keller’s “Stand up for Kids” plan and other policy proposals by visiting