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Published On: Wed, Jan 9th, 2013

Martinez proposes investing $13.5M for reading

Jan. 9 | [email protected]

ALBUQUERQUE  – As students went  back to school, the New Mexico Governor unveiled her plans to help struggling students learn how to read by 4th grade, an effort that will cost $13 M.

Gov. Martinez said, “The ‘New Mexico Reads to Lead’ program is all about finding struggling students in kindergarten through the 3rd grade and focusing intently on bringing their reading skills up to speed.  When a child can read, they can learn anything their heart desires, and it’s clear that they’re more likely to graduate from high school and have a successful career.”

Martinez said she wants to improve the quality of education for New Mexico children and this latest effort is just that. The “New Mexico Reads to Lead” started off with the 2012-2013 school year and the funding has been increased by $5M.

Most of the cost is expected to cover professional development for teachers, testing assessment, and hire reading coaches. she will include this in her 2014 budget request. The New Mexico Governor is a rising star in the Republican party and she could run in 2016, but that is just speculation, as she has denied those claims.


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Martinez proposes investing $13.5M for reading