Rural School Funding News: New Mexico Group Advocates Smaller Schools

Last Updated: November 06, 2008

This article appeared in the November 2008 Rural Policy Matters.

Think New Mexico, a nonpartisan policy organization, recently released a report, "Small Schools: Tackling the Dropout Crisis While Saving Taxpayer Dollars." The report advocates limiting enrollment to 225 students per grade in high schools, 120 students per grade in middle schools, and 60 students per grade in elementary schools. The organization plans to propose legislation to cap enrollment levels and require larger schools to establish "smaller learning communities."

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