Lawmaker wants to make New Mexico charter school public

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A state lawmaker wants to change the New Mexico School for the Arts’ title from a state-chartered school to a ‘special’ public school. 

“What we’re doing is we’re changing the board composition to make sure that everyone is represented throughout the state,” Sen. Bill B. O’Neill, D-Albuquerque. 

By changing the school to public, it would be included in Santa Fe Public Schools’ resolution of property tax to get money for capital improvements. 

Sen. Bill O’Neill says the funding would be used to add more boarding rooms for students to increase enrollment. 

“New Mexico is being very rich in its cultural heritage and I just love it because it’s all geared towards these kids,” Sen. O’Neill said. 

The New Mexico School for the Arts is a special school where students get to focus on arts like dance, music or theater along with academics. 

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