Locals battle education cuts

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Educators refuse to take cuts lying down

By Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE — Superintendent Gene Schmidt, teacher’s union leader Karyl Ann Armbruster and a slew of other teachers and administrators from Los Alamos and around the state descended on the Round House Saturday imploring law makers to save education against cuts.

Gov. Bill Richardson had called legislators into a Special Session at 3 p.m. for the sole purpose of balancing the state budget.

Educators are struggling with an already “cut to the bone” budget and they fear further cuts during this Special Session.

“We’re here to impress upon the state legislature that cutting education is counter productive … We are here to be the conscience of the legislature and to be a visible reminder of how important education is to the state,” Schmidt said.

Armbruster agreed saying, “They’ve got several billion in that rainy day fund and I think it’s pouring,” referring to the nearly $300 million deficit that must be made up in order to balance the state’s 2009 books.

Executive Director Tom Sullivan of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators also spoke with legislators.

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