Governor Signs Bill To Grow Teacher Pipeline
SANTA FE ― A bill to create incentives for current educational assistants to obtain teacher certification was signed Thursday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-Chaparral), creates a “grow your own teachers fund” in the state treasury and establishes a scholarship program for educational assistants (EAs) in New Mexico to become certified educators.
“Our state is in desperate need of teachers,” Rep. Joy Garratt said. “What better way to expand our teacher corps than to support our hard-working EAs in entering the field. They already know what it takes to teach—both the blessings and the challenges–and have deep roots in our diverse communities in every corner of the state. This program will help us bring teachers into the field, and ensure that they can improve education outcomes for each and every student no matter their background or zip code.”
Currently, the state of New Mexico is experiencing a teacher shortage. The bill specifies that a scholarship award from the grow your own teachers fund may be awarded to an educational assistant who has not yet earned an educational credential required to be licensed as a teacher by the Public Education Department and who meets the financial and other eligibility criteria required by the Higher Education Department.