With less than a week left in the 2020 legislative session, it’s time for lawmakers to have a serious study session on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s free college plan.
This is an exciting and promising venture; it’s smart to invest some of those oil billions coming in from the Permian Basin in our residents’ educations – and thus our economy. But it is essential to set students up for success.
(An integral part is having more high school graduates ready for college; the K-12 system has a heavy lift ahead.)
The mirror Opportunity Scholarship bills are House Bill 14, by Rep. Tomás Salazar, D-Las Vegas, and Senate Bill 323, by Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Albuquerque. They do a lot right, though as with any legislation – especially a new program – there’s fine tuning to be done.