Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prohibition Limits School Reform Options.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

Though the sponsor says the issue has been discussed "for years," New Mexico's sweeping education reform measure contains a single provision that comes as a surprise accompanied by a bit of confusion:

School districts and the state Department of Education no longer have the option of hiring private companies to run failing schools.

Instead, a school that fails to make adequate progress over five years could be forced to become a charter school, fire most or all of its staff or be managed by the state.

Yet, House sponsor Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, says private management is OK in charter schools. That proposition makes little sense, since the new law makes charter schools subject to the same requirements as public schools. …

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