Legislation To Expand New Mexico Teacher Scholarship Eligibility Passes First Committee

Kenneth Palmer

Greater Instruction Secretary Stephanie M. Rodriguez

NMHED Information:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Higher Schooling Section (NMHED) lauded the passage of Senate Monthly bill 307 on a vote of 6- from the Senate Education Committee Friday to expand scholarships to support academics go back to college and progress their careers. 

Senate Invoice 307 – Licensed Teacher Planning Affordability, sponsored by President Professional Tempore Mimi Stewart and House Education and learning Chairman G. Andrés Romero, expands eligibility for the Teacher Preparing Affordability Scholarship to pay back for certified teachers to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees. The scholarship is currently limited to learners pursuing their to start with bachelor’s degree in instructor education and bachelor’s diploma holders pursuing alternate licensure.   

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has advised $5 million for the Teacher Planning Affordability Scholarship in 2023, which can benefit students in instructor planning applications at any New Mexico public college or university. A lot more than 2,700 scholarships have been awarded considering the fact that the program’s inception in 2019. 

“Expanding eligibility for the Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship will elevate the lecturers we have while continuing to make the pipeline of new lecturers entering the classroom and increasing results for New Mexico learners,” Better Education and learning Secretary Stephanie M. Rodriguez said. “The state has made important development by much better shell out for teachers and lowering vacancies and this laws is the next sensible move toward solidifying the educator workforce.”  

While the Trainer Preparation Affordability Scholarship was developed to enable deal with essential trainer shortages by education first-time instructors to enter the classroom, New Mexico efficiently minimized teacher vacancies by 34 {af0afab2a7197b4b77fcd3bf971aba285b2cb7aa14e17a071e3a1bf5ccadd6db} final 12 months and elevated teacher salary ranges to the highest level of any southwestern condition. Attaining schooling over and above a bachelor’s degree can assist instructors progress to licensure stages II and III, which provide average salaries of $60,000 to $70,000 per 12 months.  

“New Mexico’s lecturers are amid the most difficult doing the job New Mexicans and extending the reward of the Trainer Preparing Affordability Scholarship to aid them progress their professions is not only superior for teachers and their families, but for our pupils who will benefit from getting access to profession educators in the classroom,” stated President Professional Tempore and invoice sponsor Sen. Mimi Stewart. “This piece of laws will build upward mobility for instructors to achieve bigger degrees of licensure and aid their graduate education and learning so they can carry even bigger benefit to the classroom.”

“As an educator, I have seen firsthand the impression that perfectly-qualified lecturers can have on college students. I aid this legislation simply because teachers are entitled to the opportunity to progress their professions not only for their reward, but to improve results for their learners and eventually, our state,” Household Education and learning Chairman and invoice sponsor Agent G. Andrés Romero claimed. 

The legislation has the guidance of the New Mexico chapters of the American Federation of Lecturers (AFT) and the Nationwide Education Association (NEA).  

“We thoroughly aid the growth of the Teacher Planning Affordability Scholarship to those educators pursuing their master’s- or doctoral-stage degrees,” AFT New Mexico President Whitney Holland claimed. “Not only would attaining these levels enable an unique advance their licensure level, but growing this scholarship is a direct financial investment in our instructional workforce and could help help solid New Mexico educators who may perhaps ultimately want to serve in an administrative function.”

“Our union stands in potent guidance of this laws which invests in the instructor workforce and will in the end be an expense in our communities. The Licensed Teacher Preparation Affordability Act encourages continual superior-high quality education in our trainer workforce, which will right advantage our pupils. Any financial investment into training is revenue effectively invested,” NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr-Sanchez explained   

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