ALBUQUERQUE ― American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“Today’s announcement by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be life-changing for tens of thousands of current students as well as future generations of New Mexicans.
“Free higher education for New Mexicans attending any one of New Mexico’s 29 institutions will not only make pursuit of higher education an educational reality, but also free those same students from the potential of detrimental life-long debt as a result of pursuing education beyond high school.
“This scholarship plan not only encourages recent New Mexico high school graduates to stay in New Mexico for their higher education studies, but also opens the door to adult learners at two-year colleges to pursue education later in life. It has the potential for increased enrollment in our institutions, growth of good jobs in the public educational field, and direct economic benefits as a result of being enacted.
“Once again, our Governor has shown she intends to be a national leader in not only quality public education in New Mexico, but also dramatically expand the opportunities for access to public education through pursuit of free higher education. We applaud her for this bold leadership and pledge to partner with her administration to ensure this initiative’s success.”