Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Lawmaker Calls for APS Split.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Rudi Keller Journal Staff Writer

School Construction, Taxes Linked to Idea

A leading legislator hopes to revive the old idea of breaking Albuquerque Public Schools into smaller districts when the Legislature convenes this month.

Rep. Rick Miera, D-Albuquerque, said Tuesday that possible changes in the way New Mexico pays for school construction would make splitting APS a more realistic idea.

Extensive studies of the idea about five years ago concluded that it would be unfair to break up the district because it would be difficult to balance property values. Property taxes currently pay for most school construction.

"A lot of legislators are saying, 'you've got a problem in Albuquerque, fix it in Albuquerque,' '' he said. …

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