Does Not Equal
The fight for linguistic and cultural preservation predates statehood, given the assimilatory nature of Western education taught in New Mexico’s public schools. The struggle has been ongoing and, despite a massive victory through acknowledgment in a seminal court case, it continues through to today, an SFR analysis of fairness in the state’s education system finds.
In 2014 families, teachers and schools from across New Mexico banded together to bring attention to the dismal state of public education, suing the state for violating their students’ constitutional rights to a sufficient and adequate education.
A court order and a pandemic later, the state’s education landscape for Indigenous students, English-language learners and others who have been systemically held back for generations looks different than it did eight years ago, but not entirely for the better.
Initiatives designed to increase equity and billions of federal and state dollars have flowed into schools, much of it directed at the “at-risk” students identified by a 2018 judge’s ruling in the Martinez and Yazzie v. State of New Mexico lawsuit.