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Senate Bill 256 would require the minimum hours or days for the following grades:
Kindergarten through 5th grade- 1127.5 hours or 5.5 hours a day for 205 days.
Grade 6 through 12- 1080 hours or 6 hours per day for 180 days. The effect of this bill would be to add 137.5 hours or 25 days to the school year for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. In grade 6, 90 hours would be added to the school year over 180 days. The instructional hours for grades 7 through 12 would remain the same.
We are opposed to this bill as it would restrict the freedom parents have to determine the hours and days that their children should be in school.
01/30/2017 Sent to Senate Education Committee and Senate Finance Comittee
02/13/2017 Senate Education Committee gave a "Do Pass" recommendation on a committee substitute bill
While this bill does not address homeschool parents, these hours and days changes will apply to homeschool students because under New Mexico law a school-age person "shall attend school for at least the length of time of the school year that is established in the school district in which the person is a resident."
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