Governor proposes $13M for early reading services

Posted at: 01/08/2013 5:09 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez proposes to increase spending next year on programs to help New Mexico children learn to read.

Martinez said Tuesday she'll recommend the Legislature provide $13.5 million to improve reading skills of students in kindergarten through the 3rd grade. That's an increase of $5 million over current spending on early reading initiatives.

About $9.5 million will be requested for reading coaches and other services to help struggling students, $3 million for tests to identify students with reading problems and $1 million for professional development for educators to help students.

The governor is expected to release her proposed state budget later this week.

Martinez also will ask lawmakers to approve a measure requiring schools to retain third-graders who can't read proficiently, rather than promoting them to the next class.

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