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Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Raquel Reedy is calling for more federal dollars to go toward schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reedy signed a letter drawn up by the Council of the Great City Schools that asks for $175 billion for education in the next coronavirus appropriations bill. The letter, addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and others, also urges Congress to earmark billions of dollars for special education and low-income families.
“The downpayment you made in our public education system by allocating some $13.5 billion in the CARES Act for our schools was a critical lifeline for public education in this country. But we now urge you to provide a second, substantially larger, installment for public school systems as you work on the fourth supplemental appropriations bill,” says the letter, which is signed by more than 60 school leaders.
Getting emergency infrastructure funding for public schools is also deemed a priority in the letter.
While in-person school has been closed due to COVID-19, APS and districts across the state are still feeding and educating students from afar.
APS is bracing for major hits to its budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, projecting a multimillion-dollar shortfall even before state lawmakers revisit New Mexico’s spending plan.