Santa Fe educators talk about how they have approached their jobs this year and whether the pandemic has affected how they feel about their profession.

The superintendent cautioned cautioned the plan is not finalized because the number of teacher and support staff willing to return to the classroom could change, as could the state's requirements for reopening.

About 85 percent of staffing for schools and classrooms has been set, but the rest of it will take more time since it will require some teachers and staff members to be reassigned to different schools.

Veronica García, superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, said the benefit, which comes to $5.86 per child per day, will directly reach families in a way the district's meal distribution programs have not.

Santa Fe Public Schools has lost nearly 500 students so far, and if the Legislature doesn't take action, the district could lose several million dollars from the state.

Albuquerque-based U.S. Attorney John Anderson filed a statement of interest that argues the state is violating the equal protection clause of the Constitution by limiting attendance at private schools to 25 percent of building capacity.

With schools relying on distance-learning models in the spring and fall this year amid the ongoing pandemic, students in special-education programs are receiving fewer services than usual.

Teachers were to receive a 4 percent hike, but state lawmakers cut that figure during a special legislative session in June to account for a pandemic-related budget shortfall.

Only 4 percent of classes in the fall semester at UNM will be completely in person, and another 18 percent fall into the hybrid category in which students are in the classroom just once or twice a week.

The University of New Mexico continued its trend of declining enrollment, but not at the steep level university officials have braced for amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lujan Grisham told a congressional committee the drop in revenue threatens the state’s ability to provide services including child welfare, health care services, education and small-business support.

The Catholic school's "community choice" model shows what in-person education during a pandemic looks like: socially distant classroom settings, constant sanitization, staggered arrivals and departures, face shields and/or masks.

Superintendent Veronica García said her staff is exploring possibilities, including providing services at a designated area or helping district employees get their child care paid through a state subsidy.

Santa Fe Public Schools last week announced a 10th contractor or employee has tested positive for COVID-19 since mid-July.

The deficiencies in internet service will cost New Mexico between $20.9 million and $26.2 million in additional funds to ensure all students can participate in remote learning over the next 12 months, the state found.

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