October 7, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393 or 988-0582 pager
jchavez@ped.state.nm.us

Public Education Department Takes Action to Increase Efficiency in No Child Left Behind Grant Administration

(Santa Fe, NM)--Education Secretary Dr. Veronica García announced a new, more efficient process for managing federal money funneled to New Mexico as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The Goal is to ensure that federal money that is meant for the classroom is spent directly on students.

Secretary Dr. García said, “Streamlining our administrative policies has a direct effect in the classroom. New management of NCLB funds is one step to help us administer these valuable statewide programs with greater speed and better oversight.”

In July, the department requested permission from the United States Department of Education (USDE) to consolidate No Child Left Behind (NCLB) administrative funds. Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica García recently received approval from the USDE to consolidate NCLB administrative funding.
Greater flexibility in grant administration will allow the Public Education Department to better meet the needs of each of the districts within the state. Echoing the Secretary’s enthusiasm, Sam Ornelas, Title I director, remarked, “We are pleased at this news from the USDE because we are always looking for new ways we can improve our management and oversight of grant programs.”