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‘Hispanic Education Act’ Makes Headway in New Mexico

By Mary Ann Zehr — February 12, 2010 1 min read

It looks as if New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, may get to sign one piece of education legislation that he’s advocated for this year: the Hispanic Education Act. This week the state’s House passed the proposed act with a 44-25 vote, according to the Associated Press. The New Mexico Senate approved a similar proposal with a 24-16 vote. I blogged about the bill at Curriculum Matters when it was first introduced.

The House version of the bill would create a post within the state’s education agency for someone to focus on Hispanic students and an advisory council to focus on closing the achievement gap between Hispanic students and other students.

Both the House and Senate versions have to be reconciled before the bill goes to the governor. He made a plug for the Hispanic Education Act during his state-of-the-state address in January.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.