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All children in New Mexico need and deserve access to an education system that enables them to learn and thrive. Unfortunately, our public schools don’t have the basic resources they need like up-to-date textbooks or transportation to and from school, much less enough literacy specialists or access to bilingual education. This reality has become exasperated by the current health crises, which has only widened existing educational inequities.
In a landmark 2018 decision, the court ruled in Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico that the state was violating New Mexico students’ constitutional right to a sufficient education and that the state must invest in the programs and services necessary to close opportunity gaps and fix deep inequities for low-income, Native American, English Language learner students, and students with disabilities.
The Center continues to litigate the case and uses advocacy and public outreach to hold the state accountable to the ruling. We fight for significant investments in a multicultural and multicultural education, successful programs like universal quality pre-K, teacher recruitment and retention, access to health and social services, and adequate funding for our schools. We also helped found Transform Education NM, a coalition of educators, youth, and community and tribal leaders working together in a movement to transform education.
New Mexico’s constitution guarantees our children a sufficient education that prepares them for the rigors of college and the workforce. Our state laws also guarantee a culturally and linguistically relevant curriculum. For decades, however, our state has starved our education system ...
In 2018, the Center worked with community partners to bring together hundreds of educators, parents, youth, community and tribal leaders to create a blueprint of what we know works to transform New Mexico’s education system. Visit Transform Education NM to read ...
Transform Education NM is a coalition of education, tribal, and community leaders advancing a new vision for our public education system. It advocates for a sufficient and equitable education system that honors and responds to the cultures, languages and heritages ...
- Transform Education NM Platform (December 2018)
- Factsheet-Yazzie/Martinez Court Ruling (August 2021)
- TENM-Platform Summary-One Pager (April 2019)
- Transform Education NM: Actions Needed to Transform NM-2019(brochure)
- Transform Education NM Recommended Legislation Summary (February 2019)
- Yazzie/Martinez v. New Mexico Final Judgment and Order (February 2019)
- Court's Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, Yazzie/Martinez v. NM (December 2018)
- 5 things you should know about the Yazzie ruling (October 2018)
- Summary of Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico Decision (September 2018)
- Yazzie/Martinez Decision & Order (July 2018)
- Yazzie Plaintiffs' Closing Brief (January 2018)
- Factsheet-Overview of NMCLP's education lawsuit (August 2017)
- Report: “Alleviating Poverty Will Improve Education In New Mexico” (January 2013)