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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:15 am, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that she is expanding the state’s pre-kindergarten programs.

All applicants will receive funding for pre-K programs in the 2013-14 school year. A dozen new programs will be able to start up statewide, and 1,380 more students will be served. And Santa Fe Public Schools will be able to almost double its budget for pre-K to $660,000.

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  • Evan Byers posted at 10:48 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

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    This is great news for all the kids in Santa Fe and throughout the state. I would hope that the new SFPS superintendent and school board continue to push for pre-K classes to be incorporated at all Santa Fe schools, and that they are the norm in the near future.

    I also hope that the school district raises the bar for what can be taught and achieved in pre-K. Developing social skills is indeed important, but developing writing and numerical skills is, too.

    Throughout other school districts across the nation, pre-K classes are all day (the usual 9a-3p school day) and the curriculum includes writing, understanding numbers, pre-reading skills, music, computers, etc. Parents, teachers, administrators, the community and our kids need to raise our expectations when it comes to achieving success.

    Making pre-K available to every child in NM is important in giving them a solid foundation for future academic success. This is a great step in that direction.

     
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