2-5 Legislative tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Days remaining in session: 13

Drop-out rate

A memorial (HM 46) by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, would require the Public Education Department to examine whether there’s a correlation between 4th and 8th grade reading and math proficiencies and high school drop-out rates.

“For many years there has been a belief that children who struggle in key proficiencies earlier in their education fall out of the education system later on,” Steinborn said.

“With a 40 percent dropout rate statewide, we have to keep seeking solutions to help our kids graduate from high school and lead productive lives.”

The study would look at other factors that might affect drop-out rates, such as teen pregnancy.