NM House panel buries bill on social promotion

Posted at: 02/19/2013 8:15 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Majority Democrats in the New Mexico House are scuttling education legislation that's a priority for Gov. Susana Martinez.

A party-line vote Monday by the House Education Committee tabled a bill to provide reading remediation and hold back most third-graders who aren't proficient in reading.

The Albuquerque Journal  reports that the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Garcia is intended to halt social promotion.

Social promotion is a practice in which students are promoted to higher grades even if they're not doing well enough academically.

Democratic Rep. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque says the bill amounts to an unfunded mandate for public schools because the proposed funding wouldn't be enough.

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