In school funding trial, father says N.M. neglects English-language learners

In school funding trial, father says N.M. neglects English-language learners

The father of three bilingual students testified Tuesday in a state court that his children are struggling because they have not received tutoring, summer school or any other form of intervention to help keep them on track.

Speaking in Spanish, with a court interpreter translating his remarks, Roberto Sanchez painted a portrait of a state public school system that neglects English-language learners because, as he put it, “There’s more students, less teachers and less attention paid to the students.”

Sanchez, whose children attend Santa Fe public schools, is one of many plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming New Mexico and the state Public Education Department are not investing enough money in public schools and are therefore failing students across the state.

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