New Mexico offers families limited school choice options. The state does not support private school choice.
Public School Choice:
New Mexico offers choice within the public school system. The Education Commission of the States reports that the state has enacted two open enrollment policies: low-performing public schools must allow intra-district transfers, and school boards may allow inter-district and intra-district transfer options for all students “when there are sufficient accommodations to provide for them.”
Private School Choice:
New Mexico does not offer private school choice.
The Center for Education Reform reports that New Mexico has an average charter school law due to a lack on independent charter authorizers and a cap on the maximum number of charter schools that can be open within the state. According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, as of 2013, nearly 20,000 students are enrolled in the state’s 96 public charter schools.
New Mexico offers a state-led program, two full-time online charter schools, and a few district-led online learning options. According to Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning, New Mexico’s state-led Innovative Digital Education and Learning New Mexico (IDEAL-NM) program provides courses to K-12 students statewide and had 2,697 course enrollments in 2012-2013. The two full-time charter schools, the New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) and the statewide New Mexico Virtual Academy (NMVA), will be open for the 2013-2014 school year. The largest online supplemental district school, eCADEMY, is a part of the Albuquerque Public School. As of 2013, 52 school districts and 20 charter schools offered online courses to their students.
Click here for detailed information on New Mexico's public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in New Mexico.