During the 2010 Regular session of the NM Legislature, three separate bills were introduced (SB208, SB255, and HB268), all of which attempted to take money assigned to public schools away and reassign it to the general fund. The net effect of each of these bills is a diversion of approximately $100M per year away from our schools. While SB208 and SB255 did not reach a floor vote, HB268 passed the House just prior to the session ending.
We need to let our representatives know how we feel. Please email your legislators (see contacts below.)
This affects Albuquerque public schools drastically and Charter Schools would suffer too with loss of lease assistance even with newly allocated SB9 or HB33, for up to three years.
CALL TO ACTION:
Please e-mail your New Mexico legislator now and state your opposition to any diversion of funding from public school capital outlay to general operating funds.
To find your legislator, go to:
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Map of Senate Districts in Albuquerque
Map of House Districts in Albuquerque
, I figured people here know this, but in the interest of full disclosure: I'm an architect here in Albuquerque
and have designed 2 schools. As of next year, I'll have two kids in public schools. I'm also the Secretary of AIA Albuquerque
which supports school funding. I'll post a little more about the importance of school construction, and what it means when legislators reassign funds already approved by voters in the comments below soon. Mark