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I am concerned about the lack of funding for education in the state, and how it affects the quality of education in Los Alamos. The community is committed to strong education, but the funding is not supportive of the quality that this town has come to expect.
Considering that, for the last few decades, the great schools in Los Alamos have attracted and kept many families in this town, the quality of education is not just a concern for current parents, but for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the county, as well as other community members. It is a source of recruiting and retention for LANL. LANL supports our local and state economy, so our local economy relies on a healthy lab.
Why is education a concern in Los Alamos? Student/teacher ratios are increasing, enrichment programs are at risk, programs for students with special needs and special gifts are affected, and teacher salaries are well below their worth. The funding is so tight that a small change in enrollment causes a cascade affect on resources. A reduction in enrollment by just a handful at a school causes the administration and the school board to revisit priorities and make new decisions regarding resources.
If I had it my way, we would increase funding to all New Mexico school districts to improve the education system statewide. However, that is an insurmountable problem.
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