Bill easing transfer of teaching licensure clears committee | KOB 4

Bill easing transfer of teaching licensure clears committee Web Staff
January 26, 2018 05:23 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico might soon be seeing a reprieve from its teacher shortage.


The Education Committee on Friday morning unanimously passed Senate Bill 97, which would streamline the process for military family members with teaching credentials from other states to be licensed in New Mexico.

The legislation was created with military families in mind – they tend to move a lot, and instead of taking the time to wait for a new license, good teachers might take other jobs.

"(This) doesn't circumvent any policies, procedures or processes," said Sen. Bill Burt, R–Alamogordo, the legislation's sponsor. "It simply allows them to come in if they have a good record, which is a very quick and easy thing to check from a previous state. They get their certificate, they go to work."

Burt said the bill not only helps fill a need for teachers in New Mexico, but it also keeps those teachers from having to work outside their profession.

Credits Web Staff

Copyright 2018 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved



Relay Media Amp



Extra police presence at Rio Rancho schools Wednesday

Suspect at large after parking lot shooting at Downs Racetrack and Casino

Two wanted in armed home burglary

Police: $49.20 taken during deadly gas station robbery

Accused child predator released on bond