SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The Santa Fe school district could face job cuts after New Mexico lawmakers called for public education to take on a share of the state’s financial pain.
The New Mexican reports that legislators have asked for a decrease in operating funds provided to districts on a per-student basis, which they hope will eliminate about $38 million in spending. Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, has not yet signed the legislation and has until Oct. 26 to make a decision on the measure.
Lawmakers are expected make more spending cuts when they convene in January to deal with the state’s fiscal crisis.
Santa Fe Superintendent Veronica Garcia this week called staff cuts a “very real possibility,” but she vowed to keep the job losses away from the classroom.