Posted On: 02/23/21 4:47 PM

As high schools around the state of New Mexico begin preparations for the spring football season, we’re still not sure if public schools in the city of Albuquerque will be involved.

Monday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education (APS) sent a letter to the governor expressing the Board’s support for decoupling of playing athletics with the “required implementation of the return to school Hybrid Model” as mandated by the state’s Public Education Department.

The APS voted last week to stay in virtual learning for the time being, prohibiting them from engaging in athletics.

As noted by the APS, “athletes are more focused on succeeding in their education when they are allowed to play their sport.” In short, athletes have an incentive to succeed in school when they can play sports at the same time.

The governor’s office has yet to provide a response.

What happens if they deny the APS’s request to decouple athletics and the hybrid education model?

It might be time to lawyer up.

Multiple media entities reported Monday night that an GoFundMe account has been established to play for possible litigation against the state in the event athletics within the Albuquerque School District are denied without

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