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Plaintiffs in school-funding lawsuit renew concerns

June 28, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Plaintiffs in a school-funding lawsuit against New Mexico say they are meeting in private with the governor’s office and state education officials to reach compliance with a court order.

The Center on Law and Poverty said in court filings Friday that state spending increases and policy reforms adopted this year are not enough to address a court ruling calling for increased resources for public education.

The center representing school districts and parents says new spending on teacher salaries has left little money for other educational necessities.

A district judge last year found the state failed to provide an adequate education for minority students and others.

The Public Education Department says its officials understand the urgency for reform efforts and is committed to providing adequate resources to every child.

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