(Santa Fe, NM) – Following yesterday’s decision by the First Judicial District Court in which the court held that the State of New Mexico is not adequately funding public schools at levels that would ensure every student can succeed, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following response:
"Yesterday’s court decision reaffirms what families, educators, and school leaders have known all along: New Mexico students have been caught in the middle of an educational crisis that has left families behind. New Mexico's public education system is broken and underfunded – failing our children with punitive and counterproductive testing, underpaid educators, and a lack of investment in classrooms across the state. This educational crisis will be yet another challenge our next governor will inherit and one I am committed to addressing immediately.
"Investments in education are investments in safe communities and in the future economic success of our state. We cannot afford to shortchange the next generation of New Mexicans with a broken system that deprives them of the opportunity to succeed. When I am governor, education will be a top priority because every student deserves to start on a level playing field and to be given the tools to succeed in the classroom.
"My PreK and K- 12 education plan does just that. As governor, I'll give our educators a well-deserved raise, eliminate the PARCC exam in favor of less intrusive and more effective evaluations of student progress, and increase access to apprenticeships and technical programs to prepare our next generation for the jobs of the future. Let's fund the education system our children deserve, instead of leaving them behind."
Read Lujan Grisham's full plan here