Rep. Lente’s Bill to Improve Native American Students’ Success Passes Committee

Rep. Lente’s Bill to Improve Native American Students’ Success Passes Committee

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a bill sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) that would improve Native American students’ success passed with bipartisan support in the House State Government, Indian and Veteran Affairs Committee. HB 151 requires a needs assessment to determine the services public school districts need to provide Native American students to improve graduation rates and college readiness.

“HB 151 has the potential to change the game for Native American students in New Mexico. This bill will set in motion the process to improve long term outcomes for Native American students, and support the economic success of the state 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 now moves to the House Education Committee for consideration.