Santa Fe dropout program gets foundation grant

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SANTA FE  (AP) – Santa Fe public school officials say a foundation’s $25,000 grant will enable them to move ahead with preparations for a new program for high school dropouts.

School officials say they still need additional funding but that the grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation will allow the start of recruiting dropouts to be students in the program.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that details of how the program will be run and where it’ll operate remain unclear.

The Santa Fe school board earlier this year approved a private contract with the Florida-based firm Atlantic Education Partners to run the program.

But some initial funding evaporated in the wake of controversy over several matters, including teachers’ complaints about public education being privatized.

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