Will Aug. 28, 2019, be remembered as the day the state changed course and finally committed to giving our students and teachers the resources they need to be successful?
That’s the opportunity, because the revenue forecast set for release (Wednesday) will show a massive budget surplus from oil and gas revenues. The question is whether Legislative Finance Committee members and other state legislators, who are gathering in Red River this week, will have the vision and courage to step up and commit sufficient resources to education.
There can be no more excuses. With a windfall of more than a billion dollars, the Legislature is in a position to make game-changing investments to transform K-12 education in New Mexico.
The court findings in the Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit laid bare the facts we can no longer ignore, and demanded action to better serve students and improve outcomes.