Albuquerque, N.M. – Today the New Mexico Public Education Department sent its final call for Albuquerque Public Schools to sign turnaround plans for three failing elementary schools. The district stands to lose $6 million in state funds, and has until May 25 to sign the final agreement.

NewMexicoKidsCAN Executive Director Amanda Aragon has issued the following statement:

“The clock is ticking, and the more time that state and district officials spend in a back-and-forth to serve adult interests, the longer our students and families are left waiting for change,” Aragon said. “Whatever needs to happen for both parties to come together and give our kids the schools they deserve, it’s time to figure it out and get to work.”

She added: “Local and state leaders have been exchanging letters for months, while parents in Albuquerque are waiting to know what’s going to happen to their kids’ schools. The last day of school is around the corner — we’ve already wasted too much time on adult issues.”


About NewMexicoKidsCAN: Launched in 2018, NewMexicoKidsCAN: The New Mexico Campaign for Achievement Now is a local non-profit organization that advocates for community-informed, student-centered and research-backed education policies. Connecting policy, instructional practice and politics the organization works to reimagine what is possible in New Mexico’s public education system to ensure New Mexico students become the future community, civic and business leaders New Mexico needs.


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