Albuquerque Public Schools, based in New Mexico's largest city, is the state's largest school district serving 87,000 students, two-thirds of whom are Hispanic. Teachers account for over 6,000 of the school district's 15,000 employees who work in or support its 142 schools. Almost 20 percent of the district's students are learning English as a second language, 68 percent qualify for the federal school lunch program and more than half of the district's schools qualify as high poverty Title I schools.
In addition to the 142 schools served by the district, Albuquerque Public Schools authorizes 21 charter schools. In the 2015-2016 school year, the Albuquerque Public Schools budget was $1.3 billion. The district's board of education, comprised of seven elected members, approves the budget, establishes district policies and hires the district's superintendent who oversees all operations. Following two on-the-job controversies, Luis Valentino, appointed Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent in June 2015, resigned the position in late August 2015. The board appointed Raquel Reedy, an educator and administrator with the Albuquerque schools starting in 1976, as acting superintendent following Valentino's resignation.
Acting Superintendent Reedy reported in December 2015 that the district has outlined an Academic Master Plan to begin 2016. The plan has four primary goals: early literacy, college and career readiness, developing the whole child, and high performing, community-responsive schools.