Education

A community led vision for education in New Mexico.

 

New Mexican Classroom

Our Stance

New Mexico has a historic opportunity to fix and completely transform its education system to provide ALL children with the support they need to successfully learn and thrive. New Mexico’s students are blessed with rich cultural and linguistic heritages, and are just as capable as students anywhere in the country. Yet while the majority of students in New Mexico are Native American, Latino, low-income, and/or come from rural areas, the education system has historically and routinely discriminated against them.

Finally, the state district court is holding the state accountable, creating an opportunity to address historic inequities through education transformation. The court issued a landmark ruling confirming the state is violating the constitutional right of our diverse students to a sufficient education. For too many years, the state has failed to provide our children with the education they deserve. And the court has ordered the state to take immediate steps to ensure our schools have the resources necessary to prepare our kids to be college and career-ready.

Our work is not yet over. This momentous victory for our children is the beginning of a statewide effort to ensure the state complies with the court’s order and takes the necessary steps to set our public schools on a course for success.

Our Advocacy

A coalition of educators, parents, and community leaders have come together to begin developing a new, community-led vision for our state’s schools and education system. Our coalition is advocating for the creation of a first rate public education system that:

  • Embraces, reflects, & incorporates the cultural and linguistic heritage of our diverse communities as a foundation for all learning
  • Provides extended learning opportunities like summer school and more time in the classroom
  • Values our teachers and educators and puts them in a position to succeed
  • Allows all children to access early learning and Pre-Kindergarten programs
  • Offers services such as counseling and health clinics that promote learning
  • Ensures our schools receive financial resources required to meet the needs of all children
  • Provides for a uniform and free public education to every child in New Mexico regardless of race or income

These changes will realize New Mexico’s constitutional mandate for a sufficient public education system.

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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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Our Resources

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