NM Commission Considers Charter School Proposals

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) The state Public Education Commission plans hearings across the state on proposals to establish 21 charter schools.

The commission will start with hearings on Aug. 8 in Las Cruces and Deming. Meetings will be held during the rest of the week in Albuquerque, Moriarty, Taos, Penasco, Espanola, Santa Fe and Gallup.

At each hearing, the commission will receive presentations from those applying to create a charter school in the area. Local school district officials and the public will have an opportunity to voice their support or opposition.

Applications for the charter schools can be found on the Public Education Department's website,

The commission is expected to vote later this month on whether to authorize the proposed charter schools.

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