Proposed Constitutional Amendment To Fund Public Schools Passes Senate Judiciary Today

NEA-NM President Betty Patterson

NEA-NM News:

SANTA FE – The future may be brighter for New Mexico students with the passage of Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 3 today by the Senate Judiciary Committee, quickly following the same positive action last Friday by the Senate Rules Committee.

National Education Association – New Mexico President Betty Patterson praised Committee Chair Sen. Richard Martinez and other members who supported moving the Resolution forward.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Richard Martinez

“All students, regardless of their zip code, deserve the support, tools and time to learn. Passing SJR 3 shows New Mexico is serious about doing what works for every New Mexico student, no matter their zip code,” Patterson said. “The research is clear: sufficient funding is needed to provide more learning opportunities, safe schools, classes small enough for one-on-one attention, modern textbooks, well-resourced teachers and community support services. We must sufficiently and equitably fund our schools!  SJR 3 helps move our state forward.”

“Fully funding education for every New Mexico child will make New Mexico’s workforce the best in the world, and is the only way we will turn around the New Mexico economy,” said Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, a successful businessman who is sponsor of the Resolution.

SJR 3 will be heard next in Senate Finance Committee, which has yet to schedule a hearing on it. The legislative switchboard may be used to call senators about SJR 3 at 505.986.4300.