Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo)
SANTA FE – Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill to help Native American students succeed, unanimously passed Tuesday night a vote in the New Mexico House of Representatives. HB 484 would require a needs assessment to determine what services school districts need to provide Native American students to improve graduation rates and college readiness.
“We need to create a structure to help Native American students succeed,” Rep. Lente said. “This bill will create a partnership between school districts, superintendents, parents, tribes, teachers, and students so Native American students are ready to succeed outside of school.”
According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, more than 35,500 Native American students attend public schools. Specifically, an average of 27 percent of Indian students are proficient in reading, 10 percent in math, and 22 percent in science, and 63 percent graduate from high school.
HB 484 is Rep. Lente’s first bill to be presented on the House Floor. The bill passed by a vote of 64 to 0, and will now move to the New Mexico Senate for consideration.