SFPS considers suit vs. state over funding

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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 7:20 pm | Updated: 8:02 pm, Sat May 4, 2013.

The Santa Fe school board is considering suing the state to force New Mexico to provide adequate funding to public schools as per the state constitution.

“We have billions of dollars in our state reserve fund supposedly set aside for a rainy day,” said board President Linda Trujillo earlier this week. “Our educational system is in crisis. If that’s not considered rain, I don’t know when it will be.”

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  • Todd Hansen posted at 5:10 pm on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    tmusichans Posts: 13

    "big oil" gets tax breaks . . . therefore paying very little.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:38 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 873

    What does the GOVERNOR have to do with this. The funding formula for public schools was dreamed up by the democrat controlled legislature.

  • Jane legal Posts: 26

    How much do the illegals put into the till to pay for the " education" and other services? Probably, very little. " Prof," the " Big Oil" and the taxpayers pay the freight AND your wages!

  • marryann montoya posted at 8:59 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    maryannmontoya Posts: 31

    wouldn't you rather pay non-citizens education than their time in prison. You too came to this county from imigrants. Every one of us came from some other land besides this on. except of course native americans. that goes without saying but i thought i'd better say it because i'm sure somone would point that out. As if everyone doesn't already know that.

    Imigrants from our south border, the vast majority only want to work. they don't bomb, or do any mass shootings. all they want is an education and a job. a chance a better life for their children that what they have. isn't that what you want for yours?

  • Edprof posted at 1:19 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    Edprof Posts: 4

    Typical anti-Education Legislator's comment: "We're tired of throwing money at education, and nothing changes." Really? Really? The thousands and thousands of well-rounded, productive graduates we produce each year are tangible proof that EXCELLENT changes occur daily in Public Ed. (Strange that those same legislators don't bat an eye at "throwing money" at Big Oil and other massive corporations.)
    Yes, the stats are not good enough--40+% dropout rate is unacceptable. For reasons as varied as the number of children who leave our schools, we're not reaching everyone, but I promise you--NOT for lack of gargantuan efforts. However, not paying Education Professionals and Support Personnel commensurate with their education/training/experience/dedication levels only increases the EDUCATOR-dropout level. SFPS has amazingly stellar professionals working here, but for every one, I believe we lose two who can no longer afford to pay college loans AND house and feed their families decently.
    The State IS negligent. Perhaps in addition to a lawsuit, a report to CYFD/ Social Services is also appropriate!

  • Edprof posted at 12:55 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    Edprof Posts: 4

    When a child comes in to my office hungry, I try to find food; I don't ask citizenship status.
    When an adolescent asks for help in writing an essay, I don't question where s/he or the parents were born; I just offer my skills.
    When a young adult shares with me something s/he hasn't been able to tell another person, their social "caste" is not something that colors how I approach the issue. It doesn't matter to me the color of skin, his/her past, family, ethnicity, race, nor economic status; I just do what I was trained for and love.
    That's the beauty of Public Education--as troubled and challenged as we may sometimes be, every child at my school, all multiple-hundreds of them, will one day return the favor to other children by also working in Public Education, or will sign me in at the doctor's office, or complete my financial transaction at the bank, or welcome me to his/her new restaurant, or draft some needed legal documents for me, or....a myriad of possible occupations.
    This is why I am an educator--my life's work reaches into the future, whether through a child born here, Texas, México, Canada, or Timbuktu.

  • Linda Scott posted at 12:06 pm on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    RWilliams-Mora Posts: 2

    I'm curious as to how many non-citizens we are paying to educate.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 9:32 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    This has been a civil rights issue for decades, surprised anyone noticed geez!

  • Todd Hansen posted at 8:31 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    tmusichans Posts: 13

    Yes. Let's send a message to our Governor and tight-fisted legislators that we're fed up and can't take it anymore! GO SFPS SCHOOL BOARD!

  • Cathy McManus posted at 7:39 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    CMcManus Posts: 40

    The schools should sue for adequate funding. This state does not spend enough for students and it shows in drop out rates and lack of skills. Unfortunately a lawsuit will cost hundreds of thousands to the state. Martinez should be shamed and kicked out of office in 2014!

  • ChristineMtz posted at 7:39 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    ChristineMtz Posts: 54

    Well it is about time! If the Governess can give tax cuts to everyone that contributed to her campaign than we can certainly expect government to pay for the full amount of education! I cannot tell you how many times during the school year, we are at Walmart, Walgreens or Target and the nieces and nephews ask me if we can by Dry Erase Markers, Hand Soap, Paper Towels, Tissue, etc. for their classroom. Several of them wear a coat everyday in class because the school's heating is bad and SFPS either doesn't have the money or the personnel to fix it!

    Drive by Kearny Elementary and you will see that the construction that was supposed to take place 9 years ago, just got started! When do our children begin to matter? They are our future!

    We give them a 1/2 price education and then wonder why they can't compete in the job market. They submit a resume with mispellings, can't add without a calculator and have zero social skills because teachers are trying to teach in over crowded classrooms. By lunch time the same teachers, who also serve as cross guard and lunch room attendant, do not let the children visit or make noise (because they have already spent the whole morning with these children) so the kids have no idea how to socialize because they are not allowed to do so during "their time".

    I encourage our School Board to push and push hard! Education has taken a back seat for too long in New Mexico.


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