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New Mexico: Governor creates Office of Special Education; 50,000 special ed students

May 25, 2023, Santa Fe New Mexican: Governor announces new Office of Special Education by executive order,education&webview=1&dialog=1&viewport=natural&visibilityState=prerender&prerenderSize=1&

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order Thursday establishing a new state office aimed at improving services for the more than 50,000 special education students across New Mexico.

She also announced a national search is underway for a director to lead the Office of Special Education.

The governor — who sidestepped the legislative process in creating the agency through an executive order — joined educators, families and top state education officials at Lowell Elementary School in Albuquerque to announce the effort, framing it as an opportunity to create streamlined services that stretch from birth through college.

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