Rep. Lente’s Bill to Help Native American Students Succeed Heads to Governor’s Desk

Rep. Lente’s Bill to Help Native American Students Succeed Heads to Governor’s Desk

Santa Fe, N.M. - Representative Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill that would help Native American students succeed passed with broad support in the New Mexico Senate. HB 484 requires a needs assessment to determine the services public school districts need to provide Native American students from kindergarten to high school to improve graduation rates and college readiness.

“HB 284 has the potential to change the game for Native American students in our state. If signed by the Governor, it will set in motion the process to improve long term outcomes for Native American students,” said Rep. Lente. “I want to thank Senator Benny Shendo for assisting with this critical effort in the Senate.”

According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, more than 35,500 Native American students attend public schools. 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 passed by a vote of 37-4 and now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration.