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Feb 7, 2019

Legislative Update Feb 7, 2019, 2:36pm - Lillian Torrez


More bill information-
Lillian

Here is the rundown:

-Education House Committee will have hearing on HB5 on Saturday (2/9)!

-SB245 gets unanimous support in Senate Education/Our facilities bill took some tweaks, but moves on after a unanimous vote in Senate Education.  The bill came out with a few tweaks, most of which made the bill stronger.  The one major change was that we had to change lease assistance back to a “May” which is currently in law.  So while SB245 doesn’t guarantee lease assistance, it still simplifies it to a $700 per MEM payment. 

-Bill Tracker

Bill Tracker-We haven’t unveiled a bill tracker yet – here is the first crack below.  There you will find the link for the bill, the sponsor, title, description and our position.                             

Senate Bills:

Senator Mimi Stewart

SB 1 PUBLIC EDUCATION CHANGES

Changes the funding formula by adding reporting requirements as part of budget submission - increases at risk index to 0.25 - creates 27,000 charter school enrollment cap for FY2020 - eliminates small school size in districts with more than 2000 MEM - creates rural population factor for districts with 40% or more students from rural areas - creates and formula funds K-5 + - creates and formula funds extended learning time - increases minimum salaries to 40K, 50K and 60K with differential for principals and extended contracts

Oppose

Senator Stuart Ingle

SB 14 EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT CHANGES

No Position

Senator Michael Padilla

SB 22 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE DEPT.

Creates an early learning department that would be responsible for all programs for children 0-5. Moves 4 year old preK management PreK out of PED and into new department - schools would have to apply to new department

No Position

Senator Michael Padilla

SB 26 STANDARDIZE SCHOOL BATHROOM USE POLICIES

Requires the PED to promulgate rules to standardized bathroom policies that every school must adopt in NM. The bathroom policies would include recommendations from parents, pediatricians, child psychologies and early childhood educators and would require permission be granted to a child to use the bathroom when requested. Additionally, the bill would prohibit the bathroom being used as a disciplinary tools.

No Position

Senator Michael Padilla

SB 31 SOCIAL WORKERS IN ALL HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS

The bill would require a social worker be on staff in any school with 85% or more students eligible for FRPL. School districts with less than 200 students could contract with an REC for social workers.

Oppose

Senator Mimi Stewart

SB 47 INCREASE SCHOOL PERSONNEL SALARIES

Increases level 1, 2 and 3 salaries to be $45k, $55K, $65k over three years. Increases principal salaries to $65K plus responsibility factor. Cost is $92 million

Support - note that we want this to be fully funded

Senator Mimi Stewart

SB 48 STUDENT DIABETES MANAGEMENT ACT

This bill requires that every student with diabetes have a diabetes medical management plan documented and implemented at the school. The Secretary of Health must promulgate rules that require the training of school employees for the care of students with diabetes.

No Position

Senator John M. Sapien

SB 110 NO PARCC TESTING REQUIREMENT

Prohibits the use of PARCC starting in 2020-2021 school year.

LAC

Senator Craig W. Brandt

SB 146 CREATE CRIME OF SCHOOL THREAT

LESC endorsed - creates a new crime of making a school threat - fourth degree felony

Support

Senator Craig W. Brandt

SB 147 SCHOOL SAFETY DRILL REQUIREMENTS

LESC endorsed - Establishes new requirements for school evaluation, shelter in place and active shooter drills - four emergency drills each year - 2 drills shelter in place that include how to respond to an active shooter and 2 drills shall be evacuation drills

Support

Senator Clemente Sanchez

SB 170 PHASE OUT IMPACT AID AS FED REVENUE IN SEG

Phases out the use of federal impact aid in the definition of "federal revenue" for the purpose of determining credits in the SEG distribution - only 50% of Impact Aid could be used in FY2020, 25% in FY2021 and 0% in FY2022 and after - $15 million appropriation for FY2020 to cover the cost of SEG credits

Senator Mimi Stewart

SB 230 PRE-K CLASSROOM FACILITIES INITIATIVE

Creates PreK initiative with PSCOC and PSFA - no cap on the amount of money the PSCOC could appropriate to preK.

We want to support this, but language is only for districts. Charters should be included.

Senator Jacob R. Candelaria

SB 245 CHARTER SCHOOLS, FACILITIES & CAPITAL FUNDS

Requires a school district to make educational facilities and land available no later than May 1 of each year and PSFA has oversight of the process - clarifies that lease assistance shall be issued on a per membership basis - changes the definition of facilities to be based on the charter school facility master plan that meets statewide adequacy standards - creates the charter facility fund to pay off lease-purchase agreements - requires a process with local school boards for inclusion in the local mill levy - appropriates $20 million to NMFA for loans to charters

Support

Senator Jeff Steinborn

SB 321 SCHOOL BUS AIR CONDITIONERS

requires that school buses purchased on or after July 1, 2019 have air conditioners

No Position

Senator Linda M. Lopez

SB 331 CHARTER SCHOOL NEPOTISM & MONITORING

requires that the head administrator or governing council shall not initially employ a family member - allows a charter authority to take over a governing council if it's not operating pursuant to the law

Support with Amendments

House Bills

Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton

HB 5 PUBLIC EDUCATION CHANGES

Changes the funding formula by adding reporting requirements as part of budget submission - increases at risk index to 0.25 - creates 27,000 charter school enrollment cap for FY2020 - eliminates small school size in districts with more than 2000 MEM - creates rural population factor for districts with 40% or more students from rural areas - creates and formula funds K-5 + - creates and formula funds extended learning time - increases minimum salaries to 40K, 50K and 60K with differential for principals and extended contracts

Oppose

Representative Miguel P. Garcia

HB 31 PHASED-IN MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Bill increase the minimum wage to $10/hour on July 1, 2019 (FY2020). Minimum wage would increase to $11/hour for FY2021. Minimum wage would increase to $12.hour for FY2022. After FY2022, the minimum wage would increase for the cost of living. The bill removes the minimum wage exemption for tipped employees.

Support with Caveat that it is fully funded through the formula

Representative Miguel P. Garcia

HB 39 NATIVE NEW MEXICAN TEACHER INCENTIVE PAY ACT

Creates an incentive pay program for native New Mexicans who have a level three teaching license and who agree to teacher in elementary schools with 85% or more minority students and in school that was rated D or F in the immediately preceding school year. Bill includes $2 million appropriation.

Support

Representative Miguel P. Garcia

HB 42 TEACHER INCENTIVE PAY IN FREE LUNCH SCHOOLS

Creates an incentive pay program for teachers who have a level 3 license and who agree to teach in a school that has at least 90% of its students qualify for free and reduced price lunch and in a school that was rated D or F in the immediately preceding school year. Incentive pay would be $3,000.

Support

Representative Roberto "Bobby" J. Gonzales

HB 77 SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

This bill is meant to limit the growth of administrative expenditures in school districts and charter schools. Administrative expenses include the 2300, 2500, 2600 and 2900 functions in the PED chart of accounts. The bill requires that for FY2020 and subsequent years, a school district or charter school's administrative expenditures shall not exceed the prior year's admin expenditures plus the lesser of two calculations in the bill

Oppose

Representative Joanne J. Ferrary

HB 92 LIMIT SCHOOL TESTING TIME

Limits school testing time as follows: provided that the total class time to administer assessments required in this section, excluding individualized assessments for English language learners and special education students, as well as individual teacher-created and any non-mandated state and federal college and career readiness assessments, shall not exceed twenty-five hours in any school year; and provided further that no student shall be required to be assessed for more than one hundred eighty minutes per school day without regard for the source of the assessment, including school, school district, state or federal assessments

Support

Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton

HB 171 RAISING MINIMUM TEACHER SALARIES

Mandates professional development time in the school calendar - deletes ability to use some instructional hours for conferences and home visits - prohibits lunchtime, recess, weather-related school delays or cancellations, in-service training, teacher planning and prep, PD and other events that are not instructional to count toward the minimum instruction hours - extends the school year at least 10 days beyond the required instructional days to provide PD, in-service, teacher prep, conferences, home visits, mentor and collaboration, etc. - requires that each year teachers, principals and instructional support staff complete 10 days of PD - all teachers must be provided with 3 days for home visits and conferences and 7-12 grade includes next step plan - requires all teachers to have an ELL endorsement to obtain level 1 license (is retrospective and prospective) - increases minimum teacher salaries to $45,000, $55,000, $65,000 - no minimum increase for principals - $400,000,000 appropriation

Support - caveat that we want this fully funded in the formula

Representative Christine Trujillo

HB 434 CHARTER SCHOOL AUTHORIZATION MORATORIUM

Does not allow an authorizer to consider a new application from June 14, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Oppose

Representative Rodolpho "Rudy" S. Martinez

HB 455 SCHOOL PROGRAM UNIT CHANGES

$452 million dollar bill - House Education response to Yazzie Martinez lawsuit - increases bilingual unit factor from 0.5 to 1.0 - amends the scarcity index to allow a school district with at least one public school that is twenty five miles or more from central office - increases the at-risk index multiplier to 0.366 and changes the factor to use FRPL - adds districts with less than 200 MEM to receive special supplemental funding ($10 million appropriation)

Support

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