Rep. Christine Trujillo: We Need to Protect Education Funding

Rep. Christine Trujillo: We Need to Protect Education Funding

Santa Fe, N.M. –  Representative Christine Trujillo’s (D-Albuquerque) bill to protect education funding during this time of budget uncertainty cleared its first committee. The bill, HB 46, prioritizes the funding of our public schools and existing charter schools by placing a moratorium on the creation of additional charter schools. New Mexico public schools have been forced to manage painful cuts in funding due to the current budget situation and new charter schools may dilute funding from already existing schools.

 

“This bill will protect public education funding while providing better education for our kids no matter where they live,” said Representative Christine Trujillo. “At a time when we are tightening our belts, it’s important that we properly fund the schools we have, instead of starting new schools.”

Though charter school enrollment represents only 7 percent of total school age students, they received more than half of new money added to the public education funding formula. This bill specifically places a moratorium on the authorization of new charter schools until January 1, 2020.