New Mexico Public Education Department: Truancy and Dropout Prevention Coaches
The purpose of the Truancy and Dropout Prevention Coaches program is to establish a cohort of truancy and dropout prevention coaches placed in middle and high schools across the state whose role is to work with students, families, schools, and districts to improve attendance for habitually truant students, as well as decrease the number of students dropping out of school. Truancy is the result of multiple factors that may cause a student to disengage from school and eventually drop out. Young adults who do not graduate high school are more likely to be unemployed, chronically ill, poor, on welfare, and/or incarcerated. For this reason, it is vital that comprehensive community and school-based strategies be set in place to overcome the barriers to school attendance faced by students of all ages and in all communities.
Amount: $2,500,000 is available to New Mexico districts to support placement of 41 truancy and dropout prevention coaches in middle and high schools.
Eligibility: All New Mexico districts and charter schools are eligible to apply. Specific eligibility requirements include:
- Participating schools must be middle and/or high schools
- Districts/Charters that apply must have: 1) district level habitual truancy percentage at or above 15%; 2) combined district middle and high school habitual truancy percentage at or above 15%; or 3) district dropout percentage at or above 4%
- Regional Educational Cooperatives representing more than one district are also eligible
- Applicants can request multiple coaches per district and/or per school
- Applications that propose a plan for a single coach to serve more than 1 school will need to provide a staffing plan encompassing how the coach will serve 2 or more schools
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