BILL SUMMARY Synopsis:
House Bill 43 (HB43) creates a new section of the public school code entitled the Black Education Act. The bill details the sections within the proposed act to include, among other things:
(1) creation of the Black Education Advisory Council (BEAC or council);
(2) BEAC’s meeting requirements and duties;
(3) creation of the Black Education Liaison (Liaison), along with the prescribed Liaison’s duties, within PED;
(4) requirement for PED to submit a Black Education Statewide Status Report (BESSR) annually;
(5) requirement that school discipline policies define and include a specific prohibition against racialized aggression involving a student or school personnel;
(6) requirement that every school district and charter school have a hotline to report racially charged incidents or racialized aggression; and
(7) requirement for all school personnel to successfully complete an anti-racism and racial sensitivity training or professional development approved by PED
Knowing the why...
The Black Education Act (BEA) was created to improve Black Education within the state of New Mexico for public, chartered, and post-secondary schools. The Bill’s goal is to improve graduation rates for African American students graduating from high school and post-secondary institutions.
New mexico stats on black education
Black Students in New Mexico Based on data from the first reporting date for the 2020-2021 school year
A total of 7,336 Black students, or 2.3 percent of the total enrollment, in New Mexico public schools.
There exist persistent, substantial gaps in academic achievement and overall graduation rates between Black students and non-Black students in the state.
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