New Mexico Representative Mimi Stewart and Sen. Linda Lopez joined the Rev. Trey Hammond of Albuquerque Interfaith at a news conference Tuesday to announce the introduction of House Bill 460, which would bar private firms from running public schools.
He and Albuquerque Interfaith leader Tina Garcia wrote a joint statement: "In the legend of the Trojan horse, Greeks capture Troy not by siege, but by stealth, under the cover of darkness, when raiders hidden in the hollow horse bring its downfall. This is an apt metaphor for how public education in New Mexico is being privatized..."
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After helping fend off Gov. Martinez's efforts to rescind drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants last fall, Albuquerque Interfaith leaders are gearing up to fight it for the third time. To this end, they organized two actions with over 350 leaders, including a day long legislative training session. Sixteen institutions committed to meet consistently with legislators during the 20 day session. Leaders will also ask legislators to invest part of New Mexico's $12B Permanent Land Grant Fund into schools and early childhood education.