Bills Limiting School Testing & Restricting Use of Restraint & Seclusion Head to Governor’s Desk

Bills Limiting School Testing & Restricting Use of Restraint & Seclusion Head to Governor’s Desk

Bills Aim to Improve the Quality of Student Life at New Mexico Schools

SANTA FE, NM – Tonight, the House concurred with two bills to improve the quality of student life at New Mexico schools. House Bills 185 and 75 will now head to the Governor’s desk. House Bill 185 sets limits on the amount of time that students spend taking standardized tests.

“This bill puts teaching ahead of testing, and makes sure students aren't missing out on valuable classroom time,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), one of the bill’s sponsors. “We can’t continue to waste money and resources on over-testing when it's clear that students will benefit more from instruction time. Our teachers and school districts will be able to provide a better education for all our students, no matter their background or where they live." 

House Bill 75 restricts the use of restraint and seclusion on students, except in emergency situations.

"Restraint and seclusion are largely used on kids who have mental health issues, behavioral issues, autism, special needs or require special treatment and understanding about how to manage their behaviors,” said Rep. Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), the bill’s sponsor. “This legislation will help districts turn to more meaningful mechanisms to manage behavior.”