New Mexico’s working families have every right to feel frustrated. More than anything, they want their kids to have the opportunity to be better off than their parents, yet they fear that this dream is slipping away. As New Mexico falls behind, so do our children.
Those of us who have the privilege of serving in the state Legislature, regardless of party label, believe this state of affairs simply cannot continue. That’s why, during the 60-day legislative session, a good number of us worked together in a bipartisan fashion to send Gov. Susana Martinez a package – a package that begins to restore school funding which has been lagging for far too long.
Let’s start with some basic facts:
A 2008 study by the American Institute of Research found New Mexico schools – at that time – were underfunded to the tune of $350 million.