One of Think New Mexico’s priorities during the upcoming legislative session will be to win passage of legislation phasing in a cap of 20 students per class in grades 1-6. We would phase this class size cap in over six years, one grade per year, to allow ample time to plan for funding, space, and staff. Smaller classes improve student performance for at-risk students and also help keep good teachers in the profession longer. Yet in the 2022-23 school year, 27% of New Mexico’s elementary school classes exceeded limits and average targets set in current state law.
Read more about why this reform is so important in a recent guest editorial by our Education Reform Director Mandi Torrez and click here to contact your legislators and the governor about this reform.