Thank you for your continuing leadership!
The 2019 Legislature has finished, and the Governor has acted on all of the legislation that was completed. This was a unique session as it started very quickly with the “Rocket Docket” bills being pushed through in the first weeks of the session and a flurry of activity on behalf of the Legislature. At the end, 46 public school related bills passed and were signed, and an additional 14 Memorials were passed. Within this newsletter is a synopsis of that enacted legislation. Preeminent in these actions were the funding and restructuring of public school programs and funding related to the Martinez-Yazzie Lawsuit, the restructuring of teacher salaries and the increases of salaries of all public school personnel along with an increase in minimum wage.
I will be sending you a summary of this week’s actions by the Legislature later this week, but I am attaching the analysis for SB1 Which funds a good part of the Appropriation for Public Schools. Within the document is a table that gives a district by district impact of the bill. Please review the numbers for the district you serve and the language that is included in the analysis and let me know of the problems you might see. The Senate Education Committee considered this bill on Monday and withheld action due to several problematic parts. I expect that they will consider it again on Friday. Any concerns that you can provide me before Friday will assist me in giving impact analysis. You can track the bill by going to nmlegis.gov and looking up SB 1.
One of my husband's high school football coaches once said that, "Success happens when opportunity and preparation collide." I can attest to that the educators of New Mexico are well prepared. I have watched in awe as educational leaders have traveled across the state to come together to create an educational plan that will positively support all NM students. With all our educational partners including our new governor-elect, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, we have the opportunity to make some positive changes to public education that will improve access to foundational programs for all kids! Success lies ahead...
Thank you for your continued commitment to our NM kids!
Maria L. Jaramillo, M.S. CCC-SLP