Education

Our education lawsuit against State of New Mexico seeks justice for New Mexico’s schoolchildren.

Our Stance

Education is the single most important investment that New Mexico can make in its health, strength, and prosperity. Yet, year after year, our state ranks at the bottom nationally in educational achievement and legislative efforts fail to resolve this crisis. We need immediate and decisive action to turn New Mexico’s schools from a symptom into a solution.

Our Advocacy

A group of New Mexico families and school districts, represented by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, is suing the State of New Mexico for its failure to meet its constitutionally mandated responsibility to provide all public school students the programming and supports necessary to succeed.

The school districts include Gallup, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Cuba, Moriarty/Edgewood, and Lake Arthur. The families represented have children who are English language learners (ELL), Native American or economically disadvantaged and have been negatively impacted by the lack of resources provided to New Mexico public schools.

The lawsuit, Yazzie vs. State of New Mexico, went to trial in First Judicial District Court on June 12, 2017 and lasted eight weeks. It calls for the court to order the State to provide the programming and resources necessary for all public school students to succeed as well as ensure that funds are distributed equitably, including for economically disadvantaged and English language learner students.

Learn more about our plaintiff families and school districts at the links below.

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Our Plaintiffs

The Leno Family

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

As tribal members of Zia Pueblo, Marsha’s children need an education that is sensitive to their traditions, tribal affiliation, and cultural needs.

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The Sanabria Family

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

Gloria’s children have not received the support they need in school.

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The Yazzie Family

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

Wilhelmina wants the best for her son, and recognizes that there is only so much the District can do with the resources it has.

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Cuba Independent School District

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

A lack of resources from the State has made it impossible for the Cuba Independent School District to adequately serve its students.

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Gallup-McKinley Public Schools

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

Because of lack of funding from the State, the Gallup-McKinley school district struggles with meeting minimum needs for their students.

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Lake Arthur Municipal Schools

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

With declining enrollment and a lack of funding the Lake Arthur school district has struggled with inadequate and outdated instructional materials and high teacher turnover.

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Moriarty-Edgewood Public Schools

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

Lack of funding from the State has made it difficult for the Moriarty-Edgewood Public Schools to meet the needs of its students.

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Rio Rancho Public Schools

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

Funding has not kept up withRio Rancho Public School's rapid growth and changing demographics, making it is one of the lowest funded districts in the state.

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Santa Fe Public Schools

Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

Santa Fe Public Schools have attempted to make due with ever increasing funding gaps over the years.

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