2016 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 22 - Public Schools
Article 12 - Compulsory School Attendance
Section 22-12-2 - Compulsory school attendance; responsibility.

NM Stat § 22-12-2 (2016) What's This?

22-12-2. Compulsory school attendance; responsibility.

A. Except as otherwise provided, a school-age person shall attend public school, private school, home school or a state institution until the school-age person is at least eighteen years of age unless that person has graduated from high school or received a high school equivalency credential. A parent may give written, signed permission for the school-age person to leave school in case of hardship approved by the local superintendent.

B. A school-age person subject to the provisions of the Compulsory School Attendance Law shall attend school for at least the length of time of the school year that is established in the school district in which the person is a resident or the state-chartered charter school in which the person is enrolled and the school district or state-chartered charter school shall not excuse a student from attending school except as provided in that law or for parent-authorized medical reasons.

C. Any parent of a school-age person subject to the provisions of the Compulsory School Attendance Law is responsible for the school attendance of that person.

D. Each local school board and each governing body of a charter school or private school shall enforce the provisions of the Compulsory School Attendance Law for students enrolled in their respective schools.

History: 1953 Comp., 77-10-2, enacted by Laws 1967, ch. 16, 170; 1967, ch. 133, 1; 1972, ch. 17, 2; 1974, ch. 7, 2; 1975, ch. 332, 3; 1975, ch. 338, 2; 1981, ch. 7, 1; 1985, ch. 21, 4; 1997, ch. 194, 1; 2001, ch. 183, 1; 2004, ch. 28, 2; 2007, ch. 307, 6; 2007, ch. 308, 6; 2015, ch. 122, 13.

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