PRESS RELEASE - March 8, 2004
Public Education Commission to Consider New Duties As a Result of 2004 Legislation
(Santa Fe NM)--The Public Education Commission (PEC) will consider a plan to implement its new duties as detailed in HB 96a "Public Education Department Act" of 2004 at its March regular meeting. The bill passed the Legislature and was signed into law on March 1. The meeting will be held on Friday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Jerry Apodaca Education Building, Mabry Hall, located at 300 Don Gaspar in Santa Fe. The implementation plan will be considered at 1:15 p.m.
HB 96a implements the constitutional amendment approved by the voters on September 23, 2003 to change the system of public school governance. It establishes the Public Education Department as a cabinet department answerable to the Governor and establishes that the PEC’s duties will be advisory.
At 9:30 a.m., the PEC will recognize teachers newly
certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
At 10:30 a.m., it will consider a response to education-related legislation
· The proposed “Unsafe School Choice Option”
to provide choices for students attending unsafe schools as required
under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
The PEC will also hear a report from the School Bus
Safety Task Force, appointed by Secretary García in November
following allegations that an elementary school bus driver for the
Moriarty Municipal Schools was driving under the influence.