Lt. governor says PED should help lift schools up, not shut them down

Politics - Government

Gov. Lujan Grisham’s administration says it will take a different approach when dealing with struggling schools. 

Last year under the Martinez administration, the Public Education Department went after four chronically failing schools, including three Albuquerque elementary schools.

The schools were facing closure if their grades didn’t improve. 

However, the new lieutenant governor says PED should not be shutting down schools. 

“We want to be there first to see what it is that you’re needing, how can we provide support, what can we do to help lift schools up rather than looking to shut them down,” Lt. Governor Howie Morales said. 

Morales says PED will look at other options and come up with plans to improve the schools. 

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