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Mon August 29, 2011
Martinez Adds Student Promotion To Special Session
By KRWG News
New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez wants the Legislature during an upcoming special session to approve a measure to stop promoting public school students who lack basic skills in reading.
Martinez said Monday the education measure will be part of the agenda of the session, which is to start next week.
Under the proposal, third-graders lacking basic reading skills will be held back rather than moving to the next grade. Supporters say students who can't read by the third grade are at a high risk of later dropping out of school.
A similar proposal passed the House during a 60-day session earlier this year, but the bill stalled in the Senate.
The special session is being called for redistricting, but Martinez says there's enough time for lawmakers to consider other issues.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.