PRESS RELEASE - January 10, 2005
Governor Bill Richardson outlines plan to continue investment in classrooms
SANTA FE - Governor Bill Richardson today outlined an ambitious agenda for public schools, which is part of his Prepare for Success initiative. Governor Richardson’s plan emphasizes spending in the classroom and a major commitment to early childhood education.
Governor Richardson’s $2.1 billion education budget plan includes $93 million in new funding, and $41 million from the “education lock box” to pay for a variety of initiatives, including the first phase of a voluntary pre-kindergarten program; the next phase of three-tier licensure for teachers; bringing back physical education in elementary schools; doubling the number of school-based health clinics; increased support for charter schools; and funding for after-school and dropout prevention programs such as ENLACE.
“My goals for New Mexico schools are clear: Improve student performance in the classroom and close the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students; assure student health and well being; and hold schools accountable to maximize every dollar spent for students,” Governor Bill Richardson said during a news conference today.
1. Quality Teachers and Student Performance = Closing the achievement
$16.2 million for Early Childhood Education
2. Healthy Students in every classroom
3. Holding School Accountable
4. $33 million dollars for additional reform programs