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Funding awarded for three new early college high schools in New Mexico

Funding awarded for three new early college high schools in New Mexico
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 7:01pm

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced Wednesday three new early college high schools will soon be opening in the state and one of those is in Las Cruces.

University High School in Roswell, Mesa Vista High School in Mesa Vista and San Andres High School in Las Cruces were awarded funds for new programs.

"We're making sure that our kids are graduating with a diploma and jobs skills," Martinez said.

The schools will be modeled after Arrowhead Park Early College High School in Las Cruces which boasts a zero percent dropout rate and allows students to earn Associate's degrees while they work on their high school diploma.

The three new schools will all receive the necessary funds to begin operating as early college high schools by the next school year.

Part of the fund for the new schools comes from a $525,000 scholarship from the Daniels Fund.

"We saw it as a very innovative approach and something that we have not seen across the four states that we're working with," said Daniels Fund President & CEO Linda Childreas.

The state legislature had appropriated $500,000 for new early college high schools last session.

With the new money available, the state evaluated 14 applications from school districts statewide.

The state awarded money to schools with the strongest partnerships in the business community and higher learning institutions.

"The Daniels Fund made the difference," Martinez said.

The governor added the funds will allow for up to either new schools in the state.

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