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Lujan: High school dropouts challenge district, community

July 30, 2014 • Local News

Pat Lujan, director of instruction for the Roswell Independent School District, discusses graduation rates on Tuesday during the Roswell Kiwanis Club meeting. (Randal Seyler Photo)

 

High school graduation rates in New Mexico are low, and improving the graduation rates in Roswell is a concern for Pat Lujan, director of instruction for the Roswell Independent School District.

In 2012, New Mexico had an average freshman graduation rate of less than 70 percent, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics.

“We had 64 students apply to drop out last year,” Lujan told the Roswell Kiwanis Club members on Tuesday. “I met with everyone of those students and their parents, and discussed the requirements and regulations, and guess how many of those students stayed in the program to complete their GED? Just one.”

Students leave high school for a number of reasons, but one of the excuses Lujan hears most often is that the student wants to go to work.

“They say school is boring, and the teachers aren’t teaching them anything,” Lujan Login to read more

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