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New Mexico’s Budget Surplus Should Fund School Choice Or Tax Cuts

Lawmakers have access to $2.5 billion in “new” money: will they choose education freedom or tax reduction?

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The Federalist: New Mexico’s Spaceport Subsidies Are A Cautionary Tale About Corporate Welfare Being A Black Hole

New Mexicans are left holding the $275 million bag as Richard Branson moves Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing to Arizona.

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What Do Parents Think Of Albuquerque Public Schools?

Students were locked out of classrooms for over a year. Are parents happy with the consequences?

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Now Is The Time For Universal School Choice

In March 2020, schools nationwide started closing their doors. Government bureaucrats fought to keep schools closed for over a year while parents struggled desperately to cope with mandatory remote learning. Reading and math proficiency scores declined in school districts across the country, creating the greatest educational inequity in our lifetimes. But there’s a silver lining… […]

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Albuquerque Public Schools Spends $27,268 Per Student Annually

In May, the Albuquerque Journal’s Esteban Candelaria reported on the proposed budget of Albuquerque Public Schools. The APS Board of Education was taken aback by the funding request: $1.936 billion for fiscal year 2023. At almost $2 billion, this budget represents a 16.73% increase from the 2022 allocation. Simultaneously, APS has seen a marked enrollment […]

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Complaint Filed Against Former APS Principal

What can be done to ensure that actions like this do not occur again? Today, the Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) filed a complaint with the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) over email communications sent by former Volcano Vista High School principal Dr. Vickie C. Bannerman. In the complaint, SPPI alleges that in 2019, […]

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Did School Closures Impact Education In New Mexico?

New Mexico suffered from some of the most draconian pandemic-related school closures in the country: how did this impact educational outcomes? On Tuesday, Esteban Candelaria, a staff writer with the Albuquerque Journal, reported on delays in academic assessment reporting from the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED). While data from SAT testing will be made […]

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Albuquerque Public Schools Makes the Case for School Choice

Are the worst educational outcomes on record causing declining enrollment? Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Scott Elder announced a need to trim 5% of its staff in the coming school year in response to an enrollment-driven deficit estimated at $17 million. The media dutifully reported that the district faces a “budget deficit,” but that is not […]

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The Federalist: Sir Richard Branson Should Pay His Own Way Into Space

Why are New Mexico’s politicians lining the pockets of these already wealthy and successful entrepreneurs through taxpayer-funded, industry-specific subsidies?