SANTA FE — A bill that would prohibit any new charter schools from opening until 2022 moved forward at the Roundhouse on Wednesday, despite opposition from parents and other ardent charter school supporters.
The proposed charter moratorium, House Bill 434, passed the House Education Committee on a 10-3 vote and now goes to House State Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee.
Rep. Christine Trujillo, D-Albuquerque, the bill’s co-sponsor, said it would provide time for the state to analyze existing charters’ academic outcomes.
“The issue is not about closing them down. The issue is about stopping for a short time new charter schools until we can recheck everything,” she said.