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Demonstrators push lawmakers on education funding Web Staff
January 18, 2018 06:58 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A march in front of the Roundhouse Thursday sought to push lawmakers to take action that could lead to a change in education.


The One Thousand Kid March was put together by Invest in Kids Now and CHI St. Joseph's Children. They want the Legislature to pass a bill that would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

That amendment would set aside 1 percent of the land grant permanent fund -- or about $140 million a year -- for high-quality early childhood education programs.

"Now the unmet need is $400 million, but it would get us down the road to start making changes," said Allen Sanchez of CHI St. Joseph Children. "The more we invest in the playpen, the more we save at the state pen."

This is the seventh time the proposed constitutional amendment has been brought before the legislature. It's passed the House twice but died in the Senate.

March organizers say 71 percent of voters support their idea.

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