Taos panel discusses future of education for at-risk students

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 4/12/19

Community members gathered at UNM Taos Bataan Hall Thursday for a discussion about the landmark Yazzie/Martinez v. New Mexico case as the deadline for the state respond rapidly approaches.

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Taos panel discusses future of education for at-risk students

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Community members gathered at University of New Mexico-Taos Bataan Hall Thursday (April 11) for a discussion about the landmark court decision in Yazzie/Martinez v. New Mexico case as the deadline for the state to respond rapidly approaches.

The main argument of the case alleged the state had failed to provide an adequate education for low income students, as well as Native American and English language learning students.  A district court judge agreed. 

Taos Pueblo and Taos school officials sat ready for questions during Thursday's event after Jasmine Yepa from the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty gave a history of the case which could have significant impact on the future of education in the state.

During the event, the panel of officials was asked how the case was going to impact their communities.

Yazzie/Martinez v. New Mexico was decided in 2018 when Judge Sarah Singelton said the state of New Mexico was not doing enough to prepare students for college and was lacking in other constitutional obligations. Singleton ruled that New Mexico has failed to provide students with sufficient training and educational prep and also said that lack of funding is no longer an excuse to deny such rights.

The state has until Monday (April 15) to come up with steps to fix the situation.

For more on the panel discussion and Yazzie/Martinez v. New Mexico, see Thursday’s Taos News.

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