Teachers Are Human Too Bill Passes 2nd Committee

House Republican News:

SANTA FE – The House Education Committee approved House Bill 241, a bill sponsored by Reps. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Dennis Roch (R-Quay) to allow teachers to use their contractually allotted sick leave without fear of penalty.

The legislation, also known as the “Teachers Are Human Too” bill, would allow teachers to use up to 10 days of sick leave and all personal days without it negatively affecting their annual performance evaluations. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Reps. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) and Christine Trujillo (D-Bernalillo) as well as Sen. Craig Brandt (R-Sandoval).

“Teachers should be able to access the leave provided to them by their contracts,” Harper said. “It’s a matter of fairness and morale. I’m pleased the committee decided to move this proposal forward.”

“Teachers deserve to have the time to recover from an illness or take care of a sick family member, just like any other professional,” Roch said. “I thank the committee for sending this bill to the House floor.”

This committee passed House Bill 241 on a bipartisan 9 to 2 vote. The bill will be considered by the full House of Representatives next.

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