Public hearings set on changes to compulsory school attendance and English Language Arts

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By The Staff

The Public Education Department will conduct public hearings on rule changes for compulsory school attendance and a new rule on English language arts on Friday, July 31, in the State Capital Building, Room 317.

Public input on Rule Number 6.10.8 Compulsory School Attendance will be held from 10  a.m. to noon.

The amendments to the Compulsory School Attendance Rule aligns the Rule with changes that occurred to the Compulsory School Attendance Law during the 2009 Legislative Session.

The amendments:

• clarify the definition of unexcused absences,

• define what must be included in a charter school or school district’s written attendance policy as well as requires these policies to be approved by the Public Education Department

• require schools to document unexcused absences including all attempts to notify parents and the strategies utilized for intervention.

From  2-4 p.m. on July 31, public input will be held for new Rule Number 6.29.4 English Language Arts http://www.ped.state.nm.us/press/2009/20090629-nmac6.29.4.pdf

The 9-12 Language Arts content standards were revised in a two-year process that involved stakeholders from public schools, higher education, and the PED, including teachers, administrators and university professors.

This new version has 47 total content standards in the areas of Reading, Language, Communication, Writing, Research, Logic, Informational Text, Media and Literature.

This is a reduction from the previous 59 content standards.  The content standards have been reviewed by the American Diploma Project Benchmarks for College and Workplace Readiness to ensure that the standards prepare high school students for success in quality, high-growth jobs and college coursework.

These new English Language Arts standards were found to be in alignment with the America Diploma Project.

Copies of the proposed rules may be accessed on the Department’s website (http://ped.state.nm.us ) or obtained from Kristine M. Meurer, Ph.D. Bureau Chief, School and Family Support Bureau, Public Education Department, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave, NE Room 201; Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 (Kristine.Meurer@state.nm.us), phone (505) 222-4748 or fax (505) 222-4759. The proposed rules will be made available at least thirty days prior to the hearings.

The purpose of these public hearings will be to obtain input on the rules.

Interested individuals may testify either at the public hearing or submit written comments regarding the proposed rulemaking to Kristine M. Meurer, Ph.D., Bureau Chief, School and Family Support Bureau, Public Education Department, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave, NE Room 201; Albuquerque,  New Mexico 87113 (Kristine.Meurer@state.nm.us), fax (505) 222-4759. Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2009.