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New Mexico charter school gets money for students who left

New Mexico charter school gets money for students who left Photo: New Mexico Connections Academy YouTube channel

The Associated Press
December 12, 2018 11:08 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico state budget analysts say an embattled charter school continues to receive money for hundreds of students who no longer are enrolled.

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An accountability report from the state Legislative Finance Committee says New Mexico Connections Academy will receive about $6 million during the current school year for students who are no longer enrolled. New Mexico bases school funding on prior-year enrollment.

Enrollment plunged by hundreds of students after the state education officials declined to renew the school's charter amid lagging student academic proficiency. A district judge overturned the decision in October.

Connections Academy teaches students over the internet without traditional classrooms. The school contracts with the for-profit education curriculum provider Connections Education that is owned by Pearson.

Officials at the school were not immediately available to comment.

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