Rep. Lente’s Bill To Improve Native American Student Success Passes House For Third Consecutive Year
SANTA FE ― Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill that would improve Native American student success passed the House with unanimous support.
HB 250 requires a needs assessment to determine the services public school districts must provide Native American students to close the opportunity gap and improve graduation rates and college preparedness.
“With the recent decision on the Yazzie/Martinez cases, New Mexico is in dire need for bold, smart investments in our public schools and most vulnerable students. This bill will prioritize federal funds for our 23 Native American school districts to invest in their students and individual needs,” Rep. Lente said. “Now is our chance to transform New Mexico’s future by lifting up a generation of young Native people.”
This legislation is critical for the more than 35,000 Native American students attending public schools throughout the state. Native students’ levels of proficiency in core subjects dramatically lag behind their non-Native counterparts.
HB 250 now moves to the Senate for consideration as part of the House “Rocket Docket” bills.