House GOP response to PED restorative justice scheme

House GOP response to PED restorative justice scheme Farmington, NM – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) recently announced a new initiative aimed at dealing with school suspensions and expulsions. PED plans to introduce restorative justice programming into New Mexico schools. House Republicans today raised concerns about the true intent of the PED’s plans.Continue reading “House GOP response to PED restorative justice scheme”

Statement on local Marine’s death from Valencia County lawmakers

STATEMENT: Valencia County lawmakers comment on Marine aircraft crash and New Mexican Marine death Los Lunas, NM – Following breaking news regarding five Marine deaths this past week in an aircraft crash, including Evan A. Strickland, 19, from Valencia County, NM, State Reps Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) and Brian Baca (R-Los Lunas) have issued the followingContinue reading “Statement on local Marine’s death from Valencia County lawmakers”

NM House GOP backs transformative education plans

House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia) today rolled out Republican backed transformative education policies designed to reverse historical deficiencies in New Mexico educational policy and funding. HJR 11, the Expanding Options for Educational Choice constitutional amendment, will empower students and families to have more options in educational choice. A second measure that will be filed today, is a House Bill that will allow voters to decide on breaking apart the state’s Public Education Department (PED) and create an elected Board of Education that would empower local control versus Santa Fe centered education policies. Additionally, Leader Townsend will file a House Memorial to direct the Legislative Education Study Committee to create a taskforce that would report back to the Legislature on potential rule changes necessary to enhance local school board control. 

‘Tough on crime’ Dems fail to take crime seriously

‘Tough on crime’ Dems block bail bond reform, turning their backs on victims of increased crime Santa Fe – House Democrats blocked common-sense bail bond reform, despite launching a ‘tough on crime’ meetings initiative in the wake of increased violent crime across New Mexico. HJR 4 is a bail bond reform measure presented by RepresentativeContinue reading “‘Tough on crime’ Dems fail to take crime seriously”

Rep. Fajardo selected to join Women’s Legislative Network board

State Representative Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) has been selected to join the executive board of the Women’s Legislative Network (WLN) through the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Rep. Fajardo’s nomination to be the Western Regional Republican representative for WLN was confirmed on Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Tampa, FL.