Throwback Thursday: Republicans Stood For True Education Reform By Voting To End Social Promotion
Albuquerque, NM– During this past legislative session, Republicans in both the House and Senate voted to end the failed policy of social promotion. Senate Democrats on the other hand, played politics with the issue and never let the bill come to the Senate floor for a vote.
Social promotion passes kids onto the next grade even though they are not ready. The most recent Albuquerque Journal poll showed that 67% of New Mexico’s voters want to end social promotion— including 63% of Democrats.
“Governor Martinez and Republican legislators made ending social promotion a top priority. Senate Democrats led by Michael Sanchez lined up behind their special interest allies and did whatever it took to prevent a vote,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of New Mexico. “An issue this important deserved a debate and a full vote on the Senate floor.”
Social promotion faces uphill battle in Senate
By Cole Miller
February 20, 2015
SANTA FE (KRQE) – In a committee Thursday night, the Senate killed a softer version of a bill to hold third-graders back who don’t read well enough.
Though, a tougher version dealing with the issue to end what some people call social promotion, has already passed the House.
Now, the Senate could be the last stop for any social promotion bill.
“This whole issue has been used for political gain,” Sen. Bill O’Neill said. “It fits nicely on a bumper sticker, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. So, as a committee, we recognized that and voted accordingly.”
The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted along party lines to table Republican Senator Gay Kernan’s bill dealing with this issue. Her bill would have ended the practice of allowing third graders who struggle with reading to move on to the fourth grade.
In the House, Monica Youngblood’s version passed 38 to 30, something republicans and the governor are pushing hard to stop.
Unlike the House version, Kernan’s bill would give teachers and principals more say in who gets held back, instead of just relying on test scores.
Democrats argue more focus needs to be put on early education.
Kernan still has hope.
“We are not giving up. I think there are other options, possibly other ways we can move forward to begin working on a compromise which I think really will be in the best interest of our children,” Kernan said.
Friday, Youngblood said she’s disappointed with the outcome. The Senate still hasn’t done anything with her bill.
Democratic Senator John Sapien also had a compromise bill that was tabled Thursday night.