Some things going on at the Round House

We thought we would help share a few things.  These are bills etc which impact us in education.  Reprinted with permission.


Re-Cap for Monday’s Bills

HB 130: Carried by Rep. Christine Trujillo, this bill would expand eligibility and provide for a one-time salary increase for any educator with National Board Certification, expanding the types of educators who are recognized under this eligibility. HB 130’s companion bill SB 200 is on the Senate Floor calendar, having previously passed through two Senate committees. AFT NM supports this legislation, and it passed the House Education Committee along party lines.

CS/SB 134: Carried by Rep. Debbie Sariñana and Sen. Jacob Candelaria, this bill would allow computer science to be substituted for a mathematics credit in New Mexico high schools. This bill has previously passed the Senate. AFT NM supports this legislation, and it unanimously in the House Labor and Economic Development Committee.

SM 69/HM 42: “New Mexico Public Educator Appreciation Day”: Carried by Reps. Sariñana and Stapleton and Sen. Howie Morales, these memorials commemorate the contributions that public educators make from early childhood through higher education. Both memorials were passed unanimously in the House and Senate and we would like to thank Sen. Morales, Rep. Sariñana, and Rep. Stapleton for carrying this legislation.

Preview of Upcoming Bills (New Bills)

HJM 12: Carried by Rep. McCamley, and like SJM 8, this joint memorial would direct the Higher Education Department to study the feasibility of unifying New Mexico’s higher education institutions under a single university system. AFT NM opposes this legislation as it is currently written because it provides an inadequate voice for higher education faculty and employees during the proposed study period.


SJR 11: Carried by Sen. Soules, this joint resolution would present a constitutional amendment before New Mexico voters to establish a state board of education comprised of 5 elected members and 4 appointees of the Governor. The amendment would also dissolve the Public Education Commission from statute and references to the Secretary of Education. AFT NM opposes this legislation because the State Board of Education should be a fully elected board by the voters of New Mexico.

2nd/3rd Hearing of Bills


HB 134: School Personnel Minimum Salaries – SUPPORT
This bill passed House Education on Monday, 2/20, along party lines.

SB 213: Support for Transferring Students – SUPPORT 
This bill previously passed the Senate Education Committee.

SB 256: K-6 Minimum School Hours & Days – SUPPORT 
This bill previously passed the Senate Education Committee.

Bills Passing Full House/Senate:

SB 200: Certified School Employee Program Units – SUPPORT 

HB 185: Limit Statewide School Testing Days – SUPPORT

HB 241: Use of Attendance in Teacher Evaluations – SUPPORT 

HB 69: Education Technology Improvements & Administration – SUPPORT

Other Bills We Are Watching (“Rolled” Bills)


SJR 3: Permanent Funds for Early Childhood, CA -- SUPPORT

HB 114/SB 403: Reading Improvement Plans & Intervention – OPPOSE
HB 273: Charter School Changes – OPPOSE 

SB 288: Taxes & Surtaxes for Early Childhood Fund – SUPPORT 

SJR 9: School Board of Regents Nominating Committees – SUPPORT 

SB 399: Special Needs Education Professionals – SUPPORT

Please watch for future e-mails updating you about important bills and issues facing our State, and in the meantime, follow AFT NM on Facebook and Twitter.I

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