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Capitol Report 1/28/2021 – Legislators Introduce Bill to Address Charter School Facilities

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Legislation to address financing for public charter school facilities is awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee.

Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse.

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New Mexico legislators are considering a proposal in this year’s legislative session to close a gap in funding that exists between traditional district schools and public charter schools.

According to advocates, charter schools in New Mexico receive significantly less funding than traditional district schools for facilities, creating a challenge for many when it comes to securing adequate space for their students. This has led a bi-partisan group of House Representatives to introduce House Bill 43 to fix the inequity.

Advocates argue that traditional school districts receive three times more funding per student for facilities. Advocates also say the legislation provides for more consistency in lease assistance to charter schools, allowing them to plan more thoughtfully about facilities.

Kelsey McCaffery, an intervention teacher and coach at Albuquerque Collegiate Charter school, a high performing charter school in Albuquerque’s South Valley is supporting legislation.

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For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Jason Espinoza

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