Senate Proposes Elected Board of Education

Sen. Michael Padilla


SANTA FE—Legislation that would let voters decide whether to let public school education policy be decided by professional educators, instead of the changing gubernatorial administrations, was reviewed by the Senate Judicial Committee in the Roundhouse Saturday afternoon.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2) proposes to create an elected state Board of Education that will appoint a qualified superintendent of education.

“These last few years have seen the public schools in New Mexico being directed by the political climate of the governor’s administration instead of qualified professionals,” Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo said. “By having an elected board and a qualified professional educator directing policy, the public will have more control and say as to whom directs the futures of our children. Accountability takes a back seat when politics are involved.”

Padilla hopes that those interested in the issue will contact the state lawmaker in their district to voice their opinion.