Gov. Lujan Grisham vows to fight any ‘consent decree’ on ed

March 19, 2019
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham highlights accomplishments by lawmakers at the close of a 60-day legislative session on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at her offices in Santa Fe, N.M. The Democrat-led New Mexico Legislature approved a $7 billion spending plan that raises spending on low-income students, teacher pay and infrastructure. Major policy reforms ran the gamut from new subsidies for renewable energy to background checks on gun sales and a minimum wage increase. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she wants to avoid long-term court oversight of the state’s public education stemming from a landmark lawsuit.

Lujan Grisham told reporters on Monday that her administration will mount a vigorous legal defense and is against any consent decree involving the state’s education system.

A judge ruled last year that New Mexico’s public education system violates the state Constitution when it comes providing for at-risk students.

The newly elected Democrat took office pledging she would not appeal the decision. Monday was the deadline to file an appeal in the case.

The state faces another deadline April 15 to prove that it is doing enough to comply with the decision.

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