PRESS RELEASE - June 30, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

SBE Announces Statewide Public Hearing Schedule on
Three-Tiered Licensure System

(Santa Fe, NM)— The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that 14 hearings will be held statewide to solicit public comment on a proposed three-tiered licensure system, including 19 rule changes focused on creating the system. The New Mexico State Board of Education’s (SBE) Quality Educator Committee on June 18 approved the system for public comment. Comments on the rules will be presented to the SBE for adoption on August 27-29.

The system is a central component of HB 212, Public School Reforms, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Bill Richardson this year. The system provides for licensure advancement through Levels I, II and III, using a High Objective Uniform Standard of Evaluation.

Hearing dates, times and locations are as follows:

July 10 1:30 – 3:30 PM Hobbs College of the Southwest
July 11 10 AM – Noon Portales Eastern NM University, College of Business, Room 117
July 18 1:30 – 3:30 PM Las Vegas NM Highlands University, Sanchez Ed Bldg., Kennedy Lounge
August 5 1:30 – 3:30 PM Dexter Dexter Elementary School
August 5 7 – 9 PM Carlsbad Carlsbad Municipal Schools, Board Room
August 6 10 AM – Noon Alamogordo Alamogordo Public Schools, Board Room
August 12 10 AM – Noon Santa Fe SDE, Mabry Hall
August 13 10 AM – Noon Raton Raton High School, Library – Media Center
August 13 4 – 5 PM Socorro Socorro Consolidated Schools Auditorium
August 14 10 AM – Noon Los Alamos Los Alamos Public Schools, Board Room
August 18 4 – 6 PM Farmington San Juan College, Henderson Fine Arts, Room 9012
August 19 4 – 6 PM Grants Grants-Cibola County Schools, Board Room
August 20 4 – 6 PM Las Cruces Las Cruces Public Schools
August 21 4 – 6 PM Silver City Western NM University, Global Resource Center

Comments on the system and rules may be mailed, faxed or emailed by August 22 to James Ball, director of Professional Licensure, SDE, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786, 505-827-4148 (fax) or

Link to the Three Tiered Licensure Public Hearing Presentation Slides.