Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gov. Is 'Ally' of Charter Schools.(Final)

Byline: Isabel Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Charter schools, the new and occasionally misunderstood minority in the realm of public education, found a friend in Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday.

"I see innovation, I see change, I see efforts to make education stronger," the governor told more than 360 members of the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools meeting for a two-day conference in Albuquerque. "I want to be your ally."

The movement of 27 charter schools statewide, educating about 4,000 students, shares his goals, Richardson said, of innovation and reform.

Charter schools are free, public schools within districts that can make their own decisions about curriculum and the kinds of students they want to attract, such as those interested in the arts or those at risk. …

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