SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a bill that would streamline the process for teachers who want to become school administrators.
The measure passed on a 38-24 vote Monday. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.
The legislation allows quality educators to get an administrative license in a shorter time period and gives superintendents more flexibility to fill administrative positions.
New Mexico’s current six-year licensing process is the longest in the nation.
Some teachers who now complete a Public Education Department-approved preparation program will have the ability to seek an administrative position.
Republican Rep. Tim Lewis of Rio Rancho called the favorable vote on his bill “a huge victory” for teachers and children.