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The 1974 New Mexico Public School Finance Act was promoted as “one of the most innovative of the school finance plans currently being used across the country.”
Key to the school finance plan was the intent by the legislature to meet the obligation of the New Mexico Constitution which called for “a uniform system of free public schools sufficient for the education of and open to all children of school age in the state shall be established and maintained.”
Many years have gone by since 1974. So have the number of funding formula tweaks over time that attempted to provide the adequacy and sufficiency of funding intended by the original legislation. Despite changes and tweaks, our district lacked sufficient funding to fully fund the quality of education that our community values.
To guide the state’s school funding formula, efforts were made to “equalize the educational opportunity for all children in New Mexico” (Garcia 3). Nevertheless, I present the case that current funding for schools is not sufficient to meet the needs of educating students. To better understand this dilemma, I ask that you consider the following.
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