Legislature proposals may mean longer school year

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By Tris DeRoma

By the time the New Mexico State Legislature breaks in March, the school year could be longer for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to direct $113 million toward extending the school year by 25 days for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at most schools. All other schools would receive funding or an additional three school days to extend learning time. 

In Los Alamos, school officials are waiting to see how the district could benefit from school extension legislation. 

According to Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools doesn’t qualify the state’s current version of the school extension program, K-3 Plus. 

“Anything that will improve learning options for students we’re going to apply for it. Anything that would make things better for students and parents,” Steinhaus said.

Whitney Holland, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, said a July New Mexico District Court ruling in a landmark case on how the state funds education will definitely have an impact on the New Mexico State Legislature’s decision.

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