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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Nava
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/3/2006
HB
SHORT TITLE Regional Educational Technology Assistance
SB 488
ANALYST Earp
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$800.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
Higher Education Department (HED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 488 appropriates $800,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of New
Mexico State University (NMSU) for the Regional Educational Technology Assistance program.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $800,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
This proposal was not included among the special program funding requests submitted by
NMSU to the Higher Education Department (HED) for review. Consequently, this proposal has
not been included in the HED fiscal year 2007 funding recommendations to the Legislature.
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ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
NMSU would bear administrative responsibility for managing the funds provided through this
legislation.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
HED reports that the RETA Initiative started as a pilot program in 1995-96 with a grant from
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to assist New Mexico school districts with technology
planning and implementation with the goal of developing a statewide cadre of educators to sup-
port each other locally and regionally.
In 1996-97, funding was secured from a federal Technology Literacy Challenge Grant (TLCG)
which flowed through the former State Department of Education (SDE), now the Public Educa-
tion Department (PED). This funding continued through1997-98.
As the TLCG funding was coming to an end, the RETA program partnered with the Gadsden
Independent School District in 1998 and applied for a federally funded Technology Innovation
Challenge Grant (TICG) from the U.S .Department of Education. The application was success-
ful. The Gadsden School District, serving as the local education agency, was awarded a five-year
grant for $8,700,000 which funded the RETA program from 1998-2003.
With the TICG funding about to end, legislation was sponsored during the 2003 Legislative ses-
sion and RETA received a $500,000 General Fund appropriation for FY04 that flowed through
the PED' s Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Technologies (CILT) Divison. For the next two
fiscal years, RETA received an annual $500,000 General Fund appropriation that flowed
through PED.
The goals of the RETA program are to:
Provide professional development for K-12 teachers integrating technology with their
curricula to improve student learning;
Partner with school districts, regional education cooperatives, and post-secondary institu-
tions to develop innovative teacher preparation and professional development programs;
and
Expand regional resource centers at post-secondary institutions statewide
RETA's partners include a consortium comprised of New Mexico's 89 public school districts,
New Mexico State University's College of Education; the Public Education Department, the New
Mexico Council on Technology in Education, the Center for Children and Technology, and the
U.S. Department of Education.
Currently, RETA has three regional resource centers located at the following campuses: New
Mexico State University in Las Cruces (main center), Western New Mexico University in Silver
City (satellite) and Northern New Mexico College in Espanola (satellite).
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS
Why is the appropriation for this program proposed to be made to NMSU rather than PED as has
occurred in the past two years.
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