Lawmakers across the state introduced about 40 education-related bills after the Legislature convened in Santa Fe last week. Issues range from school lunch nutrition, grade promotions and moratoriums on building new schools. Here is a breakdown of House bills on the table. A list of Senate bills will run in tomorrowâ€™s paper. More detailed legislation information can be found online at www.nmlegis.gov.
House Bill 3: Known as the â€œEducation Appropriation Act.â€â€ˆProposes education budget for fiscal year 2011-2012. Allocates about $2.22 billion for state equalization guarantee, which is the primary funding source for school district operations.
HB 21:â€ˆLimits grade promotions. If a student is not reading proficient by third grade, the student will not be allowed to graduate to the fourth grade unless the student passes proficiency tests before the start of the fourth-grade year. No parental waiver allowed. Same goes for seventh-grade students as they graduate to eighth grade.
HB 47: Allows school districts to keep their cash balances for emergency or operational Login to read more