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Lawmaker plans to address education problems during upcoming session

Chris Ramirez
December 20, 2017 06:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- When it comes to education, there is room for improvement in New Mexico. The upcoming legislative session starts in about three weeks, and lawmakers are already trying to address some of the education problems.

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Traditionally, most schools call or email parents if a student is mysteriously absent from school. House Minority Leader Nate Gentry's idea would require all New Mexico schools to text message parents when their student is truant.

Gentry, R-Albuquerque, believes text messages are far more reaching than any other form of communication.

"Generally I think it is a very good idea, particularly in an emergency situation to have the kids' parents' cell phone numbers," he said. "If there is an emergency, God forbid there is a school shooting, they can immediately notify them. Parents aren't home during the day.

"The studies have shown people are inclined to check their text messages very frequently."

Gentry's other idea would require high school juniors to prove they've thought about their future beyond graduation. As a graduation requirement, Gentry wants all New Mexico students to apply to either a trade school, a college or to military service and provide proof to their high schools that they indeed applied.

"When you impose that requirement upon a high school student, there is an 11 percent growth, or at least there was in San Marcos in the number of kids that attend college," he said.

Gentry says these ideas have been tried in other communities and the ideas have worked.

The New Mexico legislative session begins Jan. 16.

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