SANTA FE – On a vote of 7-6, the House Education Committee this morning passed HB 76, legislation sponsored by Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, to allow New Mexico’s best teachers to advance through the ranks faster.
Doing so will reward outstanding teachers with a higher salary much sooner.
“We need to do a better job rewarding New Mexico’s best and brightest teachers,” Roch said. “By allowing them to progress through the career pathway faster, we can reward them with higher pay and thereby encourage them to remain in the profession.”
Roch’s legislation would allow “highly effective” or “exemplary” teachers to progress through the three-tier system faster. For example, New Mexico’s best teachers could earn a minimum of $50,000 in just four years of teaching instead of having to wait six years or more, which current law requires.
“Proven results in the classroom should open up the door to advancement,” Roch said. “This legislation reflects that belief.”