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Mexican Period Education, 1821-1846

The Republic of Mexico introduced free public schools, the first in New Mexico. Schools were proposed for Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Santa Cruz, but they were never created. The government didn’t support them with operating funds, and parents weren’t enthusiastic either. They wanted their children at home so they could work.

By 1828 there were 18 schools in New Mexico, including one in Albuquerque. That year the alcalde of Albuquerque asked the governor for money for paper and books. Three years later the provincial assembly provided 40 pesos so Albuquerque’s lone teacher could buy a few school supplies. By 1834 there were no schools in New Mexico because they couldn’t pay a teacher. Ten years later, there were still no schools, for the same reason.

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