Gov. Lujan Grisham vows to fight any 'consent decree' on ed
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she wants to avoid long-term court oversight of the state's public education stemming from a landmark lawsuit.
Lujan Grisham told reporters on Monday that her administration will mount a vigorous legal defense and is against any consent decree involving the state's education system.
A judge ruled last year that New Mexico's public education system violates the state Constitution when it comes providing for at-risk students.
The newly elected Democrat took office pledging she would not appeal the decision. Monday was the deadline to file an appeal in the case.
The state faces another deadline April 15 to prove that it is doing enough to comply with the decision.