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Senator Crystal Brantley responds to Public Education Department Adoption of 180-Day School Calendar Rule

ELEPHANT BUTTE–The Public Education Department today announced the adoption of a rule mandating a minimum of 180 instructional days beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. 


Senator Crystal Brantley (R-Elephant Butte) released the following statement regarding the rule: 


“This rule adoption comes as a surprise in light of the overwhelming pushback from school administrators, teachers, and legislators on both sides of the aisle. Not only does it circumvent the Legislature’s intent regarding instruction time, but it places undue burden on our school districts, especially in rural New Mexico.”


“My local superintendents are still combing through the details, but based on my early conversations with them, significant issues and questions remain. I believe those best suited to make these decisions are those closest to the students, and as such, I will

continue to oppose efforts by PED to seize more control from our school boards and administrators.”


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