Local Support means increasing the funding that Los Alamos County provides to Los Alamos Public Schools. Currently, the New Mexico Public Education Department allows local governments to support public school systems with capital expenses (i.e. new school buildings) but it does not allow local governments to support public schools with funds for direct classroom operating expenses (i.e. teacher salaries, etc.).
Save Our Schools Los Alamos considers the policy interpretation taken by the New Mexico Public Education Department to be unwarranted by the New Mexico State Constitution and State Legislation. Due to its activist interpretation, we think that the New Mexico Public Education Department is inappropriately limiting the ability of local jurisdictions to provide their communities with school systems of their choice. We have asked Secretary Skandera to change this interpretation and allow local governments to supplement state funds for operating expenses with local funds. See the first bullet below to read the letter sent to Secretary Skandera with this request.
Save Our Schools Los Alamos does not presume to tell Los Alamos County how it should raise additional funds to support school operating expenses. If and when the State of New Mexico allows local governments to supplement operating funds with local money, the County can lead the community to determine if and how to better support the schools.
The following articles help to clarify the issues with Local Support to education funding.
- Increased funding from Los Alamos County — what does that mean, what are the options?
- Los Alamos County versus LAPS revenue comparison
- Property Taxes: Comparison of Los Alamos with other communities
- How other communities fund their school systems
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