Santa Fe schools seeing high truancy rates

January 26, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Students at Santa Fe schools are showing some of the highest truancy rates in the state, a new report says.

The Santa Fe New Mexican ( ) reports a school [auth] district study says nearly one-third of public high school students have missed a significant number of days.

Furthermore, 1 in 5 elementary and middle school students are habitually absent.

Richard Bowman, the district’s director of accountability and achievement, says while many schools have attendance rates of at least 90 percent, there are many other students missing up to 17 days a year.

State regulations say at least 10 days of unexcused absences makes a student habitually truant.

The report comes as state legislators are proposing a bill that would take away driving privileges for students who are habitually truant.

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