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It was mid-July when a state judge ruled New Mexico isn’t giving “at risk” students a sufficient education – something ensured to them by the state Constitution. A consolidated lawsuit, filed by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, argued that the state’s schools are inadequately funded.
In the judge’s landmark decision was a crucial deadline: April 15.
By that date, which is after next year’s legislative session, the state, the Public Education Department and the Legislature have to “take immediate steps” to ensure that New Mexico schools have resources needed for a sufficient education.