New Mexico now owes more money in the landmark Yazzie-Martinez education lawsuit.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the state is being ordered to pay more than $312,000 in legal expenses to a group of plaintiffs. On Thursday, First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton ordered the state to pay a second group for compensation.
This is over a lawsuit accusing the state education department of failing to offer adequate education to all its vulnerable students within public school students. The result of Yazzie-Martinez v. State of New Mexico was a 17% funding increase for schools.
Two plaintiff groups involved in the case then looked for compensation for the suit’s costs which don’t include attorney fees. Last March the groups requested a total of $450,000.
Judge Singleton already ordered the state to pay more than $100,000 in connection to the case. The state has now been ordered to pay $312,104.36 in compensation.