Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Seeks To Increase Quality Classroom Time For Students

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


SANTA FE – A memorial to increase quality classroom time for students Saturday passed the New Mexico House.

HM 34, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would convene a task force to study the feasibility of a reduction in paperwork required of education employees, and would modify the New Mexico administrative code to aid in that reduction.

“Quality time in the classroom is so important, and this memorial prioritizes that time. Our children are our top priority and anything we can do to provide more opportunity is impactful and beneficial,” Rep. Garcia Richard said.

“Way too often I have to sacrifice one-on-one time my students need just to complete department required paperwork. There must be a reduction in the amount of paperwork required of teacher to allow adequate quality time for instruction of our students,” said Cherlynn Lee, Kirtland Middle School teacher.

Increased paperwork means less time for educators to devote to students and parents, and time away from teaching can become a deterrent for teachers to stay in the field. This memorial recognizes that a reduction in paperwork will benefit teachers, as well as students and parents.

House Democrats are working to improve education in New Mexico to ensure every child has access to quality education no matter where they live or what their background.