New Mexico small schools seeing funds vanish

By: | December 2, 2019

Small public schools and charter schools in more heavily populated areas of New Mexico have been relying in recent years on extra funding from the state that some lawmakers say was never meant for them.

The money, under a more than 40-year-old provision in New Mexico law known as the small school size adjustment, was intended to bolster the budgets of tiny districts in far-flung areas of a large, mostly rural state that divvies its education funding by the number of students enrolled in each school. It was enacted long before publicly funded charter schools — which have been benefited from the provision — were operating.

Over the next five years, many schools will see that money gradually disappear.

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