Stephanie Garcia Richard Denies Los Alamos Students Opportunity for Further Education
Albuquerque, NM – As the school year gets under way, Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard’s vote against the Adjunct Teacher Bill this year is having a large negative effect on her constituents in Los Alamos and New Mexico students statewide.
Los Alamos Public Schools wanted to expand their dual credit program to allow high school students to take courses through University of New Mexico at Los Alamos, but very few instructors in the area meet both the post-secondary and Higher Education Department instructional requirements. The Adjunct Teacher Bill would have made it easier for college instructors to meet the requirements to teach the dual credit classes, but Garcia Richard only did what the teachers unions wanted.
The Adjunct Teacher Bill would have allowed New Mexicans with at least a bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in their field to teach part-time after passing a teacher license assessment test and a pedagogy class. It passed the House this year without the support of Garcia Richard, but was killed in the Democrat-led Senate Education Committee.
“Stephanie Garcia Richard is standing in the way of educational opportunities for students,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. “Passing the Adjunct Teacher Bill would have helped improve the quality of education in Los Alamos and New Mexico yet politicians like Stephanie Garcia Richard defend the unions, not our students.”