"We welcome additional funds to help keep students in New Mexico colleges and universities," state Higher Education Department spokeswoman Stephanie Montoya wrote in an email.

Higher Education Department Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez said her agency is working on a new budget request that would include the cost of "free college" for all.

In June, the state's Human Rights Bureau issued Melville Morgan was a "right to sue" letter after he filed a discrimination charge with the agency.

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    A New Mexico native who designed the curriculum for Midland, Texas-based New Mexico Trinity Prep, said the "Christian-based" school meets the Common Core standards used by New Mexico's public schools.

    Local nonprofit Partners in Education is hosting a free book fair and school supplies drive Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The state is touting its plan for computer science, aiming for every high school to offer at least one course by 2023; in some cases kindergartners would receive hands-on computer learning.

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