Yazzie v. State of New Mexico
(From information provided by Barbara Casey)
The Las Vegas branch of AAUW is sponsoring a community forum on the ground-breaking Yazzie v. State of New Mexico lawsuit, which will change the way New Mexico funds public schools. The community forum is scheduled for Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the NMHU Student Union Building, Governance Room, #320.
The AAUW guest expert on the Yazzie v. NM lawsuit is Charles Sallee, Deputy Director of the Legislative Finance Committee. Sallee has worked for the Legislative Finance Committee since 2005, conducting and overseeing program evaluations of state agencies, higher education, and public schools. He also conducted evaluations for the Texas Legislature at the Sunset Commission. Some of his work has led to major policy changes or cost savings in the areas of Medicaid, higher education, adult and juvenile corrections, public schools, and worker’s compensation. Sallie also has experience providing direct human services, including to people with developmental disabilities and abused children.
Sallee grew up in New Mexico and earned a BSW from New Mexico State University and MSW-Administration from Texas State University-San Marcos.
Sallee will be speaking on:
- the lawsuit itself
- the LFC’s education research on what works and what needs to change in the way school are funded, giving the LFC staff perspective
- what the Legislature has already done to address issues ultimately cited as problems by the court
- what plaintiffs groups say needs to happen
- a general fiscal and education outlook for the upcoming session
Following Sallee’s presentation, there will be a 30 minute Q & A period.
This is an opportunity to learn more about what to expect in terms of changes that may occur in public school funding, changes in teacher preparation programs in universities and other issues of vital concern for the future of education in New Mexico.
AAUW member Barbara Casey encourages attendance. “I hope everyone will be able to attend this important meeting, not only to learn, but to give your input and to have any of your questions answered by someone who is very knowledgeable.”
What: Informational meeting Yazzie v. State of New Mexico
When: 10:30 a.m., Nov. 10, 2018
Where: NMHU Student Union Building, Governance Room, #320.