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Santa Fe, NM – Today, House Majority Floor Leader Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) and House Education Committee Chairman, Rep. G. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque) passed House Bill 5/a, a measure that will make positive changes to public education while addressing the requirements of the Yazzie v. State of New Mexico and Martinez v. State of New Mexico cases.

House Bill 5/a will double the at-risk index factor in the funding formula to 0.25, expand the K-3 Plus extended school year program to K-5 Plus, and create a K-5 Plus component in the funding formula. House Bill 5/a also creates new extended learning time program components in the funding formula, while creating a rural population component, and significantly increasing minimum salaries for teachers and principals over the next several years.

This legislation also establishes educational reporting requirements for school districts and charter schools during budget reporting, and creates performance-based budgeting procedures for schools. 

“This landmark legislation has the potential to improve the lives of generations of New Mexico children. It is the most impactful piece of education legislation in decades, and it is a major step forward to improve the education process of our children. This bill addresses the learning needs that all of the children in our state are facing,” said House Majority Floor Leader Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque). “Parents, teachers, and the public are looking to us to address the funding gaps identified by Yazzie/Martinez, and this does that and more, especially for at-risk students.

“This bill starts a long-term progress to build school capacity – including teachers and support staff – and begins the process to do this across the state and in rural New Mexico,” said House Education Committee Chairman, Rep. G. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque).

House Bill 5/a addresses issues in response to the recent court decision in the consolidated Yazzie v. State of New Mexico and Martinez v. State of New Mexico cases. This landmark bill is one of the most impactful pieces of legislation in decades, especially for at-risk students. This legislation will have lifetime impacts on New Mexico’s education policy infrastructure.

House Bill 5/a now heads to the House Appropriation and Finance Committee.

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