Innovations in Teaching Act Passes the House

Innovations in Teaching Act Passes the House

Bill Supports Teachers Who Engage in New & Cutting-Edge Curriculums

Santa Fe, NM – The Innovations in Teaching Act passed the House floor tonight by a vote of 37-30. House Bill 105, sponsored by Representatives Andrés Romero (D-Albuquerque) and Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), encourages teachers to delve into innovative and cutting-edge curriculums by allowing them to apply for a waiver from standards-based assessments.

“Rather than focus solely on high stakes testing, this bill allows teachers to innovate in their classrooms without being punished on their evaluations,” said Rep. Romero.

“This is a key recruitment and retention tool for our schools to hire and retain the best and brightest teachers,” said Rep. Small. “Innovation helps better prepare our students for a changing economy.”

Under HB 105, a teacher would have to apply to the Public Education Department to participate in the program. That application would include details and goals of the project, particularly as they relate to English language learners, minority students, developmentally disabled or delayed students, and those who have become defeated by or uninterested in school.