New Mexico 'F' schools facing closure may get reprieve

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SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales says education officials are still examining options for schools that have received consistent "F'' grades and face closure unless grades improve.

Morales, who is overseeing the state's Public Education Department, said the state is "not in the business of closing schools" and is looking at ways to prevent schools from shutting their doors.

Some schools like Whittier Elementary in Albuquerque and Dulce Elementary are facing closure after earning failing grades for several years resulting from test scores. State officials have labeled those schools in need of "more rigorous intervention." Both have earned seven F grades in a row.

Morales says Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to interview candidates for public education secretary.