Two major education bills that aim to turn around parts of New Mexico’s public school system are on the move at the Roundhouse.
Both bills – House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 1 – advanced out of committees this week and are now awaiting votes on their respective chamber floors.
The two measures, which are similar but not identical, have been pitched as curative efforts in response to a watershed education lawsuit against the state. District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled last year that New Mexico is not meeting the educational needs of at-risk students, a right guaranteed in the state constitution.
In response, both bills would boost funding for at-risk students, rural populations and extended learning programs that would fund additional school days and professional development hours.