State awards funds to schools to extend learning time

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The Associated Press

SANTA FE — More than 101,000 public school students will gain access to a variety of extended learning opportunities beyond the traditional school year starting this summer, Public Education Secretary Karen Trujillo announced Friday.

Reforms approved and signed in March by first-year Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham provided up to $181 million in annual spending for two programs — money that won’t be nearly exhausted during the coming school year. About $76 million has been awarded to schools.

One program is a flexible 10-day addition of learning time to the school year at any grade level, likely to reach some 101,000 students.

A second program, a proven model for lengthening the elementary school year by five weeks, is expected include about 24,000 students for the coming school year, up from 18,000.

State legislators set aside enough money for 90,000 students to participate in that “K-5 Plus” program if school districts, teachers and parents are willing.

By the summer of 2020, Trujillo expects student participation in K-5 Plus to ramp up to 70,000.

Trujillo said there were nearly 60 schools in Albuquerque alone that are adopting K-5 Plus.

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