Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., announced that the Clovis Municipal Schools could receive over $7 million in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. These estimates include almost $2 million for Title 1-A funding, almost $2.5 million for IDEA funding and $2.8 million for school modernization and construction. The estimates, released by the House Committee on Education and Labor, show a significant investment in school modernization, training for students with disabilities, and other key programs. The estimates are based on the version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that was passed in the House of Representatives last week and are scheduled for distribution over the next two fiscal years. The estimates are based on preexisting formulas. These estimates do not include funding for the state stabilization fund, which will help fill the state’s budget shortfall.
“Investing in our schools, teachers, and students will help our communities in these tough economic times,” said Lujan. “It is important that the students of Clovis do not suffer from the deepening economic crisis. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan provides funding for schools that can be used to prevent cuts in school services and modernize classrooms. By building 21st century classrooms and educating our young people, we will prepare them to succeed in a global economy and begin to reverse this economic crisis.”
Prior to the vote in the House on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, Rep. Lujan held a conference call with education professionals. During the call, Rep. Lujan discussed school modernization projects, funding for state services, and other infrastructure projects that will benefit schools in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. Education professionals on the call included leaders from the New Mexico National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, and local teachers and administrators.
“Reaching out to members of the education community is important as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan moves forward. The recovery package includes important components that will help modernize schools and assist teachers in the classroom,” said Lujan. “We must make sure that our students have the ability to get a good education for the jobs of the future, and the recovery package will help us achieve this goal. I look forward to an ongoing discussion with teachers and education professionals about the recovery package and the work we must do to help our children achieve their goals.”
The $825 billion plan would put an estimated $329 million into New Mexico’s K-12 schools. It would provide over $400 million for the state stabilization fund, which could prevent cuts to vital state services, including education.
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