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House Bill 359 allows home-based educational program students to receive legislative lottery scholarships for New Mexico State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Eastern New Mexico University, Western New Mexico University, The University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University and Northern New Mexico College. House Bill 359 will place homeschool graduates in the same position to be eligible for these scholarships as other high school graduates or GED holders. As required of other students, home-based educational students must be qualified resident students attending these institutions and/or branches of those institutions to be eligible.
House Bill 359 puts homeschool gradautes on the same footing as other high school graduates and GED holders.
2/04/2011 (House) Introduced - in House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee
3/15/2011 (House) House Education Committee Hearing, 8:00 a.m., Room 317
3/16/2011 (House) House Calendar
3/16/2011 (House) Passed House Education Committee, as amended
3/17/2011 (House) Passed House
3/17/2011 (Senate) Introduced
3/19/2011 (Senate) Died in Committee
House Bill 359 was introduced on February 4 by Representative Dennis J. Roch. The Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the bill on March 10. The bill passed the House on March 17, 2011 but died in Committee in the Senate when the legislature adjourned on March 19, 2011.
HSLDA has been working with CAPE-NM concerning this bill. As written HB 359 would simply allow those who have completed a home-based educational program to be eligible for the legislative lottery scholarships already authorized under New Mexico law. Currently homeschool students can be eligible for the lottery scholarships if they take the GED. HB 359 would remove this requirement.
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