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New Mexico to appeal ruling on adequacy of school funding

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge’s ruling won’t end the legal fight over whether New Mexico’s funding for public schools is adequate.

Public Education Department officials said late Monday the state will appeal state District Judge Sarah Singleton’s ruling Friday that New Mexico must provide funding to public schools to ensure at-risk students receive a sufficient education.

Advocacy groups and school districts sued in 2014, accusing the state of failing to meeting constitutional obligations to provide a sufficient education for all students.

The case highlighted the plight of English-language learners, Native American youth and students from low-income families.

Singleton’s ruling gave the state 60 days to create a plan and set an April 15 deadline for ensuring that schools are adequately funded to provide at-risk students a sufficient education.

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