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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 2:05 pm, Sun Nov 17, 2013.

Attorney General Gary King, a Democratic candidate in the governor’s race, blasted the Martinez administration Friday over plans to push legislation that would allow the state to hold back third-graders who can’t read at grade level. He offered his own funding plan to address the issue.

The same day, another gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, said if she is elected, she will put a stop to the controversial new teacher evaluation plan rolled out by Gov. Susana Martinez and Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera. And a third Democrat in the race, Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City, said he intends to propose his own initiative to address the reading challenges faced by the state’s elementary school students.

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  • Jim Bohlander posted at 2:15 pm on Sun, Nov 17, 2013.

    Jim Bohlander Posts: 9

    These Democrats once again have it all wrong. I do strongly support third grade retention if a student has not met requirements. If we keep passing them along they will fail, and fail, and fail again, until they drop out. I do believe in school and teacher performance reviews. The Teacher's Unions are standing in the way of getting schools and teachers to perform and be rewarded for that performance. Lastly the biggest challenge comes from the student's home. If parent/parents are not involved where do students get motivation? Gangs? Parents must assume more responsibility AND accountability.

     

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