The New Mexico Supreme Courtroom says annual certification from the federal authorities is required earlier than state schooling officers can withhold funds for public faculty districts based mostly on how a lot federal help they obtain.
The ruling got here this week in a 2010 case involving the Zuni faculty district.
The dispute centered on a funding components that takes under consideration federal dollars meant to assist districts which have a restricted tax base because of tribal lands, army installations or different federal lands which are exempt from property taxes.
The courtroom discovered that the state erred in decreasing the district’s month-to-month allotments of state equalization funding earlier than getting federal approval.
Nevertheless, the courtroom additionally discovered that the varsity district ended up getting greater than it was entitled to in state assist for the 2010 fiscal yr so it denied Zuni’s request for funding.