Meeting topics discussed this afternoon at the Legislative Finance Committee included the impacts of school closures, when they will reopen, how can lost time be made up, the costs and implications of continuing remote education and the strategies for recovering lost learning opportunities for our state’s students.
New Mexico is one of seven states subject to statewide orders keeping schools partially closed to in-person instruction, and 24 school districts that were eligible to reopen this fall had not done so by the end of October. Forty-eight school districts did reopen to elementary students under various hybrid models in September and October, and some school boards voted to remain remote for the semester regardless of whether their district met the state’s reopening criteria, including Albuquerque and Las Cruces public schools.
For more information, you can see the meeting on the webcast at nmlegis.gov. To reach a Republican State Senator for comment, please reply to this email, text Diane Kinderwater at 505-400-8848 or contact the Republican Senator directly.