New Mexico Legislature Considers Truancy Driver’s License Bill

February 11, 2015

A New Mexico House panel is set to debate a measure that would take away driver’s licenses of high school students who stop attending class.

The House Education Committee this week took up a bill that suspends the driver’s licenses of habitually truant students.

Rep. Jimmie Hall, an Albuquerque Republican, is sponsoring the proposal. It is one of many aimed at tackling the state’s high school dropout rate.

The New Mexico Education Department indicates that New Mexico had a graduation rate in 2014 of 68.5 percent. That’s one of the lowest in the country.

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