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Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
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PRESS RELEASE

February 4, 2002

Education Partners Call for Critical Changes to Funding Formula, Offer Support to HB 2, General Appropriations Act

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico Education Partners, a diverse group of statewide organizations working on behalf of public education, today called for the Legislature to make critical changes in the funding formula. "We must provide increased funding to districts experiencing significant growth in enrollment and prevent volatile shifts in funding when adjustments are made to the at-risk factor. And we must do this without decreasing the value of a unit," said Renata Witte, president of the New Mexico PTA, speaking on behalf of the Partners at a news conference at the state Capitol.

Witte urged the Legislature to continue on course toward excellence in education. "Simply put, the investment in education in 2002 must be ample to meet the needs of continued progress," she said.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis spoke on behalf of the Partners in support of HB 2, the General Appropriation Act of 2002 pending before the Legislature. "HB 2 places a priority on public education, but there is more that can be done in support of public education," he said. State Superintendent Davis addressed 21 pieces of legislation that will continue progress in public education.

He spoke in opposition to changes in public school governance. "We support the current governance structure for education, including a constitutionally created State Board of Education," he said.

Formed in 1998, the Education Partners membership includes:

American Association of University Women Center for Service Learning
Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education
Council of University Presidents
Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Educational Retirement Board
League of Women Voters of New Mexico
Mid-Rio Grande Collaborative for Education Excellence
National Education Association-New Mexico
New Mexico Alliance for Arts Education
New Mexico Association of Community Colleges
New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees
New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators
New Mexico Commission on Higher Education
New Mexico Federation of Catholic School Families
New Mexico Federation of Educational Employees
New Mexico PTA
New Mexico Research and Study Council
New Mexico School Boards Association
New Mexico State Board of Education
New Mexico State Department of Education
Teacher Education and Accountability Council

For more information, contact Ruth Williams, at the State Department of Education, at (505) 476-0393.


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