New Mexico’s public schools are in jeopardy. Yet some would have us believe that the education system is well funded – awash in cash like it has never seen before.
If it sounds unbelievable, it is.
When accounting for inflation and student enrollment, per-pupil funding is just as low now as seven years ago. The public school system is still over $330 million short of recommended levels determined in a landmark study commissioned by the Legislature in 2008.
Meanwhile, to address under-funding, laws have been passed to allow schools to decrease the number of hours children attend. Some districts open their schools only four days a week. Due to severe shortages this year, the Santa Fe School District is seeking emergency funds and Albuquerque has been forced to make cuts.
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