Bill to Address Child Poverty Passes House Floor, Heads to Senate

Bill to Address Child Poverty Passes House Floor, Heads to Senate

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to address child poverty passed the New Mexico House. HB 136, introduced by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), would require schools to provide training on the effects of poverty to school employees who work with at-risk students.

“Confronting the challenging effects of poverty will help our schools improve their students’ academic success, and will give staff the resources they need to better serve these students,” said Rep. Patricio Ruiloba.

According to the 2017 Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Book, New Mexico has one of the highest child poverty rates and ranks 49th in child well-being.  HB 136 would address the effects of childhood poverty on academic achievement and social development of students. Resources to implement the training for school employees will be provided to school districts through the FY18 budget, so the cost will not impact school funds.

House Democrats know that poverty can have a negative effect on learning outcomes for students, and are committed to ensuring students have the resources they need to succeed no matter where they are from or what their background.