Rep. Lente’s Bill to Improve Native American Student Success Passes House for Second Consecutive Year
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill that would improve Native American student success passed the House with bipartisan support. HB 151 would determine which services public school districts need to ensure Native American students have the resources to graduate and prepare for college.
“New Mexico needs bold, smart investments in our Native communities to put students ahead. This bill has the potential to enact successful, long-term outcomes for Native American students, which will benefit the economic success of New Mexico as a whole,” said Rep. Derrick Lente.
According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, more than 35,000 Native American students attend public schools across the state. Native students’ levels of proficiency in reading, math, and science dramatically lag behind their non-Native counterparts. This bill helps address this shortfall by closing the achievement gap for Native students.
HB 151 passed the House by a vote of 44-21 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.