SANTA FE – This afternoon, Senate Bill 24 was passed in the Senate Finance Committee. The bill mandates that the Public Education Department (PED) report how they used the $1.5 billion dollars received from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund during the pandemic.
Senator Crystal Diamond (R-Elephant Butte) issued the following statement regarding the advancement of her bill:
“We need to ensure that the taxpayers of New Mexico receive a return on their investment for our children. As a state, we are spending more on public education than ever before, and this accountability measure will help us see where these federal dollars went, and if they made an impact.“
The bill now heads to the Senate Floor.