Senators: Education Department to release $86 million for N.M. schools

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said the U.S. Department of Education will soon release an additional $86 million to New Mexico to support the state’s schools. New Mexico has already received $491 million for schools through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, bringing the total to $577 million.

“State budgets across the country remain extremely tight, but I am convinced that the Recovery Act is having a positive impact. Without this investment in New Mexico’s schools, there would have been very deep cuts in education budgets throughout the state — with devastating consequences for students,” Bingaman said.

“The Recovery Act has prevented job losses and budget cuts from hitting our schools, keeping teachers in the classroom and making sure young people receive the quality education they deserve,” Udall said. “During these tough economic times, I can think of no better investment.”

Previously awarded funds are as follows: