NM House Approves Maternity Leave For Students

Feb 23, 2013

New Mexico's public schools will be required to grant leave to teenage parents under legislation approved by the House.

The measure will establish a statewide policy requiring at least 10 days of leave when a student gives birth. The excused absences also will be available to the child's father.

A pregnant teen or student who is a parent will receive four days of leave per semester. That's in addition to the absences allowed for all students.

Schools must provide an opportunity for students to make up the work they missed while on maternity or parenting leave.

The bill passed the House Friday on a 56-12 vote and goes to the Senate.

Supporters said the leave policy will support young parents and help them complete school.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.