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The 2021 New Mexico Legislative Session: January 19, 2021 to March 20, 2021
Here are a few bills that NMOST is following with interest as they make their way through the legislative process. This information has been gleened from the New Mexico State Legislature's website.
HB = House Bill; SB = Senate Bill; SM = Senate Memorial
HB84 - NATIVE LANGUAGE EDUCATION PROGRAM UNIT - The bill seeks to create a Native Language Education Program Unit (NLEPU) that will allow tribal education deptartments to receive distributions generated by NLEPUs, including distributions for after-school and extended learning programs. Section 7 references "case management, tutoring, reading interventions and after-school programs that are delivered by social workers, counselors, teachers or other professional staff" and "tribal community-based programming, such as after-school extended learning and summer school." as part of the formula for measuring at-risk program units, and extended learning time is listed as one of the itemized program units (Sec 6) for calculating program cost.
HB85 - YAZZIE LAWSUIT RESPONSE FUNDING - Specifically includes a portion of the bill's appropriation for OST (from Section 1 of the bill):
(3) five million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($5,750,000) for tribal libraries to develop and staff culturally and linguistically relevant after-school, extended student services and community-based summer school programs, expended as follows:
(a) two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for each pueblo and the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Mescalero Apache Tribe; and
(b) five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the Navajo Nation in New Mexico;
HB86 - NATIVE AMERICAN LIBRARY, INTERNET & EDUCATION - The bill does not specifically call out OST, but would improve library and/or educational resource center infrastructure and internet access. These facilities are the epicenter of OST programs for the Indian Nations, Tribes and Pueblos.
HB87 - YAZZIE LAWSUIT HIGHER ED FUNDING - Appropriates funding to tribal college programs, including to Navajo Technical University for, among other things:
E. (1). (b). seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($750,000) to expand educational outreach in public schools in New Mexico with a high percentage of Navajo students to encourage those students to enroll in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses through community outreach, bridge programs, summer programs and workshops for students, teachers and families
HB135 - SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY & EQUITY INDEX - Creates an opportunity and equity index in order to more accurately determine at risk populations in public schools. The bill mentions OST programs as part of helping at risk students: "case management, tutoring, reading interventions and after-school programs that are delivered by social workers, counselors, teachers or other professional staff."
HB247 - AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FUNDING - Appropriates $2M to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) for after-school and summer enrichment programs.
SB17 - FAMILY INCOME INDEX ACT - Recognizes that at-risk students from low income families face additional challenges when they attend a school where most of the students also come from low-income households. The bill defines a Family Income Index (FII) for schools based on the percentage of the student body from low, very low or extremely low income households. Additional funding will be available to those schools with high FIIs which can be used for literacy and mathematics interventions, as well as a portion that can be used for a variety of supports, including case management, tutoring and after-school and summer enrichment programs that are delivered by social workers, counselors, teachers or other professional staff; and for whole school interventions, including social and emotional learning programs, multi-layered systems of support, student nutrition programs, school-based health centers and community schools.
SB40 - K-5 PLUS & EXTENDED LEARNING AT ALL SCHOOLS - The bill would require K-5 plus and extended learning programs at all public schools for the 2021-2022 school year to make up for learning loss during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. This includes charter schools. $13,400,000 to fund extended learning time programs and $125,900,000 to fund K-5 plus programs.
SB150 - YOUTH PROGRAMS IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO - Appropriates $500K to the local government division of the department of finance and administration for expenditure in fiscal year 2022 to provide local youth programs for northern New Mexico youth.
SB206 - AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FUNDING - Appropriates $2M to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) for after-school and summer enrichment programs.
SM1 - TASK FORCE TO PROMOTE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM - Requesting the establishment of a task force to promote the use of outdoor classrooms in New Mexico schools. This memorial supports a multi-year strategy and effort by Environmental Education of New Mexico to increase the use of outdoor classrooms during the traditional school day, as well as for afterschool and summer programs.