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NM lawmaker aims to confront truancy problem

Created: 12/30/2013 8:26 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A state lawmaker has proposed taking away the driver's licenses of New Mexico students who habitually play hookey from school.
    
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Sen. Craig Brandt wants to give school authorities the ability to work with the Motor Vehicle Division to deny or suspend licenses of students who have a pattern of truancy, poor grades and are at risk of dropping out.
    
Current state law puts the burden on parents to ensure kids don't skip school, giving probation officials, district attorneys and courts the authority to take action and levy fines of up to $500 for repeat offenses.
    
Brandt believes the current law puts pressure on an overloaded court system and that the possibility of losing a license to drive would send a strong message to teens.

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