State Representative Mimi Stewart (a Democrat from Albuquerque) has introduced legislation that perfectly illustrates what has gone wrong in our state under decades of a Democrat-controlled Legislature. Instead of offering positive reforms that better educate our children to help them meet the needs of their future, Representative Stewart’s HB 66 provides a different approach: lower your standards to improve the graduation numbers. Education is about much more than numbers; it is about the children who will be put at a disadvantage when competing in the real world under the hopelessly flawed education system created by HB 66.
When faced with our state’s low graduation “numbers” and our broken education system, Representative Stewart—and anyone who supports her bill—have decided that the answer is not to fix the dysfunctional education system. Instead, they believe we should lower the expectations from our students. Stewart’s bill, HB 66, creates two diplomas—one with the current standards, which is referred to as the “New Mexico Diploma of Excellence,” and one with lower standards, referred to as the “New Mexico General Diploma.” HB 66 is not a solution, and it would undoubtedly create a much steeper climb to success for every New Mexico student when they are competing with their peers from other states.