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Trial over state of education in New Mexico begins

Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia took the stand Monday morning in 1st Judicial District Court to argue that New Mexico’s Public Education Department is not providing enough money to meet students’ needs.

Garcia was the first witness in the landmark trial – a consolidation of two similar lawsuits, Martinez v. New Mexico and Yazzie v. New Mexico. The lawsuits contend that the level of resources the state is providing violates its own constitution’s promise to provide a sufficient education for all children.