Senate Bill 140 Rewarding High Performing Public Schools Is Voted Down In Senate


ALBUQUERQUE Sen. John Sapien and fellow Democrats have voted against Senate Bill 140, which would have provided high-performing school districts the same additional flexibility provided to charter schools in New Mexico.

The legislation would have given school districts with grades of A or B for two consecutive years flexibility on several legal requirements of public schools in New Mexico, including the length of the school day, class load, and subject areas covered by the curriculum. These requirements are already waived for New Mexico charter schools.

When the legislation implementing the school district A-F grading system was passed six years ago, high performing school districts were intended to be rewarded, but no rewards have ever been implemented.