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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-9-06
HB
SHORT TITLE At-Risk Youth Character Development Program
SB 574
ANALYST Segura
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$250.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to HB 280, HB14 and HB 529
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 574 appropriates $250.0 from the general fund to PED to implement character de-
velopment programs for four tribal and four non-tribal schools. The appropriation would focus
on at-risk youth in the eight schools.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
Senate Bill 574 appropriates $250.0 from the general fund and is recurring. Any unexpended or
unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
According to PED, the Center of Disease Prevention and Control, six priority health risk behav-
iors contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, social problems in the United States.
These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence.
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Many school districts are challenged by a rising tide of problems that include gang-related activi-
ties, substance abuse, absenteeism, high dropout rates, and students with minimal English profi-
ciency, decreasing parental involvement and support, and changing family structures.
The dropout rate among Hispanic students has remained at about 25 percent, much higher than
that of white and black students, whose dropout rates have declined steadily.
The Native American population in particular is disproportionately affected by many social and
drug and alcohol abuse. The Character Counts program funded by the PED is currently funding
17 projects statewide.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
Senate Bill 574 positively impact the academic achievement of youth participating in the pro-
gram by improving attendance, resulting in improved reading and math scores and increasing the
graduation rate of students in New Mexico.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
According to PED, the department would coordinate funding for 8 New Mexico schools. This
can be accomplished with existing staff.
CONFLICT, DUPLICATION, COMPANIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP
Relates to HB 280, HB 14 and HB 529.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
According to PED, during the recent tribal education summit, it was emphasized by tribal leader-
ship that educational programs for Native American children by supportive of tribal values, be-
liefs, language, knowledge and philosophies.
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