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Gov. Lujan Grisham signs education bills

KOB, The Associated Press
April 03, 2019 05:30 PM

SANTA FE, N.M.- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed what she called "key public education legislation" into law Wednesday.


The governor signed Senate Bill 1, House Bill 5 and House Bill 589. 

House Bill 5 gives teachers a raise.

A standard Level 1 teacher in New Mexico will earn $40,000 a year, a Level 2 teacher will start at $50,000 and a Level 3 teacher's starting salary will be $60,000 in 2020.

The governor also said the new legislation provides "significant funding increases for evidence-based programs like K-5."

“New Mexico understands our children are our future; we are clear we will do everything in our power to help them succeed,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

Some of the legislation responds to a lawsuit by increasing annual spending on public education by nearly a half-billion dollars

The initiatives from the Democrat-led Legislature will weigh in a judge's pending decision on whether to intervene in decisions about state funding for education.

New Mexico is one of several states where parents have turned to the courts to address frustrations over state budget priorities and the quality of education.


KOB, The Associated Press

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