Removal of Legislature’s Top Education Staffer Called for After Allegations of Racism

The New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC)—one of the most powerful and influential components of the Legislature—is going through a tumultuous time right now, caused by a very internal personnel issue that has now made its way to a very public stage. Allegations of racist comments and a hostile work environment, as well as legislators calling for a more transparent process in the disciplinary process, are just a few of the complaints from staff and legislators going back at least five years.

Fed-up legislators are now going public, and staff members are sharing more details in an exclusive series of interviews with The Paper.

What Is Going On at the LESC?

If the LESC is the starting point, then the LESC staff is the starting pistol. New Mexico’s legislators are unpaid, often with day jobs, most without…