Public Education Department Awards Statewide
Truancy Prevention Program Grants to 19 Schools
(Santa Fe, NM)--The State of New Mexico's Public Education
Department (PED) awarded $334,005 to 19 schools as part of the Governor's
Statewide Truancy Prevention Program. The purpose of the Governor's
Statewide Truancy prevention Program is threefold:
· Decrease truancy rates;
· Decrease dropout rates;
· Increase attendance rates.
Secretary Veronica C. García said, “I am
pleased that we will be able to provide additional financial support
to districts in addressing the root causes of truancy. These funds
will allow districts to provide much needed support. ”
Grants were awarded to schools that employed strategies
that addressed the combination of factors that can affect a student’s
absenteeism. Current research shows a more successful and long-term
solution for reducing truancy must attack the root causes of truancy.
The range of motivations for truancy include:
· Family challenges (sickness, alcoholism, drug abuse within
· School climate (bullying, racism, sexism etc.)
· Language barriers
· Health and mental issues
· Academic problems
Successful programs will:
· Employ a Student Assistance Team to assist in matching the
needs of the truant student with the appropriate services.
· Establish partnerships with parents and communities to address
· Implement the new truancy laws of 2004, which require schools
to maintain accurate monitoring and attendance records and provide
clear guidelines for the attendance policy ensuring that parents and
students are aware of the expectations for student’s attendance.
· Address the need for alternative education if the student
faces an unsafe school setting, or requires credit recovery to assure
· Provide positive peer reinforcement rather than sanctions
to improve attendance and school engagement.
· Promote family support programs that assist families in the
role of creating academic success for their child.
The School Districts that received awards were as follows:
Aztec Municipal School District $20,000
Albuquerque Public Schools $40,000
Bernalillo Public Schools $20,000
Carlsbad Public Schools $ 6,000
Cuba High School $20,000
Central Consolidated Schools $20,000
Estancia Municipal Schools $20,000
Farmington Municipal Schools $20,000
Gadsden Independent School District $20,000
Jemez Valley Mountain School District $20,000
Jemez Valley Public Schools $20,000
Mesa Vista Consolidated School District $10,000
Nuestros Valores Charter School $20,000
Roswell Independent School District $20,000
Rio Rancho Public Schools $10,000
Raton Public Schools $20,000
Santa Fe Public Schools $20,000
Taos Charter School $ 8,005
For more information please contact Jennifer Chávez, Public
Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.