SFPS has some of highest truancy rates in state

Posted at: 01/25/2014 5:58 PM
Updated at: 01/25/2014 11:00 PM
By: Jeffery Gordon, KOB.com

Santa Fe Public Schools has some of the highest truancy rates in the state, according to KOB Eyewitness News 4’s media partners at the Santa Fe New Mexican.

A student has to have at least 10 days of unexcused absences to be considered truant.

A school district study found nearly one-third of high school students missed a significant number of days.

This was also true for 20 percent of elementary and middle school students.

Many schools in Santa Fe are maintaining attendance rates of at least 90 percent, but SFPS wants all of its schools to attain a 95 percent student attendance rate.

State lawmakers are working on a bill that would revoke driving privileges for truant students.