$3.7 Million Aimed at Turning Around New Mexico’s Lowest Performing Schools

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third highlighted Monday that New Mexico has been selected to receive funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program. A grant of $3,754,213 will help in the effort to turn around persistently low achieving schools in the state.

“There is no better investment we can make in our young New Mexicans than providing them with a good education,” Luján said. “We have the responsibility to ensure that our children have proper support and attend high quality schools. Unfortunately, recent studies about the well-being of our children show that New Mexico ranks at the bottom or near the bottom in a number of categories.”

“Turning around the lowest achieving schools in our communities represents an important step forward in the effort to provide our children with a brighter future,” Luján said. This grant will help these schools better support their students with the goal of giving every child the opportunity to succeed through education.”

The SIG program awards grants to state educational agencies that award sub-grants to school districts demonstrating the greatest need for the funds as well as the strongest commitment to providing adequate resources to substantially raise student achievement in their lowest-performing schools.  New Mexico is one of seven states receiving these grants, along with Colorado, Indian, Kansas, Massachusetts, Utah and Washington.