Rio Rancho superintendent blasts lawmakers for cuts to education

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Rio Rancho superintendent is blasting lawmakers for cuts to education.

Sue Cleveland sent a letter to school employees, parents and community members Thursday.

She says in part, she has never seen such disregard for public education and the future of our children.

She points to the $3.8 million her district had to cut this school year and the even greater cuts they will likely have to deal with next year.

Cleveland warns further cuts will likely result in cuts to electives, activities, athletics and may even force them to shorten the school year.

Rio Rancho has already put a hiring freeze into effect.

Lawmakers have been arguing over the best way to balance the budget without cutting education, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of agreement.

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