Updated: 09/24/2013 9:26 AM |
Created: 09/24/2013 7:44 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Improving New Mexico's high school graduation rate has been a talker for quite some time. In fact, the recent numbers show New Mexico is below the national average. Right now, the graduation rate is at 70 percent. Nationally, it's 78 percent.
But Tuesday, lawmakers will talk to Bernalillo High School students about finishing school and going to college as part of a national campaign.
In New Mexico, 11 percent of teens aren't working or going to school and 33 percent of New Mexico seniors don't graduate on time. Other statistics show that teens who drop out of high school are more likely to be unemployed or go to jail.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 also learned students who graduate from high school earn an average of $9,000 more a year than those who don't graduate.
The event begins at 9 a.m. at Bernalillo High School.