NM sued over public school financing

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English.

The lawsuit was announced Thursday by the Center on Law and Poverty, which filed the case on Wednesday in Gallup on behalf of parents of students in the Albuquerque and Gallup-McKinley school districts.

The lawsuit contends the state is inadequately funding schools in violation of the New Mexico Constitution’s requirement to provide an equitable and “sufficient” education for all children.

New Mexico is spending more than $2 billion on schools this year. But the lawsuit said education’s share of the state budget has declined over the past 30 years.

A Public Education Department spokesman said the agency hasn’t seen the lawsuit.

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