Judge orders State of New Mexico to pay $312K in education lawsuit

New Mexico News
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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.

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