SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe’s public schools are off to a good start in 2013. By every measure, the first month of school has been a success, and with two new schools under construction and slated to open in 2014, the future for Santa Fe’s students looks bright.
However, funding this school year’s important work in the classroom and establishing a sustainable funding structure for the future has been an extraordinary challenge.
Over 150 community members provided input into the 2013 budgeting process, ensuring that every dollar was maximized this year. Santa Fe can be proud of the financial plan that SFPS adopted last spring. At the same time, everyone should recognize that school funding levels in New Mexico are nowhere near sufficient for the needs of our schools. Despite significant progress with this year’s financial planning process, with less-than-sufficient funding from the state, several programs in SFPS were downsized and a more optimal turnaround model for chronically under-performing schools remains dependent on philanthropic support.
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