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Capitol Report 2/4/2022 – Bill Seeks Reporting on Federal Dollars Going to Schools

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Senator Crystal Diamond has introduced Senate Bill 201, which seeks to require public reporting of the ways in which New Mexico’s school districts have spent over $1 billion in federal funding appropriated by the American Rescue Plan.

Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:

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Via three rounds of federal stimulus funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Mexico public schools have received over $1.5 billion dollars intended to support students and families in recovering from learning loss related to school closures and remote learning.

Amanda Aragon, Executive Director of New Mexico Kids Can, an education advocacy nonprofit, is championing a Senate Bill that would require public reporting related to the use of these federal funds.  

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While the legislature does not have direct influence over how the funds are spent,  advocates believe its imperative the legislature ensure that these funds are reported so that they know if its reaching the students who need the dollars the most.

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

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