Analysis

Synopsis:

 Senate Bill 337 (SB 337) makes an appropriation for the provision of academically integrated out-of-school and summer programs statewide; provides requirements to receive funds; and specifies the Public Education Department work with the New Mexico Alliance for College and Career Readiness.

Analysis:

 Senate Bill 337 (SB 337) makes an appropriation for the provision of academically integrated out-of-school and summer programs statewide; provides requirements to receive funds; and specifies the Public Education Department work with the New Mexico Alliance for College and Career Readiness.

SECTION 1. APPROPRIATION.
A. Appropriates $750,000) from the General Fund to the Public Education Department (PED) for expenditure in Fiscal Years 2022 through 2024 to contract with an organization to address long-term economic development throughout the state by providing project-based programs, either in person or through remote learning, that support academic achievement and college and career readiness. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of Fiscal Year 2024 shall revert to the General Fund.

B. The programs shall: 
(1) include a dual credit component; 
(2) provide access to an industry standard digital media authoring tool set for students; 
(3) provide professional mentor training; 
(4) provide digital badging and professional certification in partnership with public post-secondary educational institutions; 
(5) focus on serving low-income Hispanic, American Indian and African American students and other generationally underserved populations statewide; 
(6) support academic success; and 
(7) open career paths into growing industries in New Mexico as specified. 

C. A request for proposals and award to an organization to provide programming shall require that the organization has an established academic and career readiness program that: 
(1) contains comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade programming taught by professionals as specified; 
(2) aligns with current department data, accountability, sustainability and high achievement requirements; 
(3) provides teaching and learning strategies in digital transformation that support all required content areas; and 
(4) directly remedies the opportunity gaps based on the Martinez and Yazzie v. State of New Mexico lawsuit by providing college and career opportunities that boost employability for participants. 

D. The PED shall work with the New Mexico Alliance for College and Career Readiness to develop the request for proposals.

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