Schools fight for assurances in proposed funding bill

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By Carol A. Clark

House Bill 241, if passed as written, would drastically modify the formula used by the Public Education Department to fund school districts in New Mexico. Los Alamos Public Schools stand to lose $1.87 million, despite the fact that some $350 million will be added to the total state school funding pot.This looming threat has caused concern among members of the local board of education, and Friday all five board members signed a letter to the Legislature in opposition to HB 241.“The Board of Education of the Los Alamos Public Schools hereby expresses our opposition to HB 241 as currently written. The proposed legislation, if passed, will have disastrous ramifications for our district.”In their letter, board members also stated the “Hold Harmless” provision of HB241, which directly impacts Los Alamos, must guarantee school districts will receive no less than the funds received this year plus an inflation factor in perpetuity.Superintendent James Anderson has attended legislative committee meetings at the Roundhouse on this issue and said the school board drafted an excellent statement.

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