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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:30 pm | Updated: 12:56 am, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

Despite rebukes by lawmakers over the past two years, Gov. Susana Martinez will once again move forward with legislation to hold back third-graders who can’t read at grade level.

“We’ll be back in full force,” Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera said Wednesday, noting that the state’s children are losing ground. Because the state lacks such a policy, she said, New Mexico children actually rank 51st in the nation.

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5 comments:

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:42 am on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 336

    Mr. Smith,

    Now that you have defined the real issue so clearly, perhaps you might consider teaching or volunteering your services. It is quite possible that Steven is a product of the New Mexico public schools and attended UNM, the state's bastion of higher learning.

    Education throughout New Mexico is abysmal, and the universities are no exception. Where else can someone be accepted with a 2.0 GPA? W

     
  • David Carlson Smith posted at 10:06 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Righter Posts: 1

    In this post, the "educator" neglects the requirement for a specific subject in almost every one of the sentences in his paragraph, inserts semicolons where he should be putting a comma, omits question marks, can't spell ("dis-liking") and basically lacks the ability to write coherently. No wonder our students are so far behind. Basic skills need to be taught by teachers who have them.

     
  • Stan Bies posted at 10:51 am on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Patron Posts: 37

    Bottom line too many kids can't read. Whiy is that ? I see no answers here. We are testing what we already know. Why are we not getting to these kids ? It is not good enough to just hold kids back, we need to ask why so many reach this point of crises so early.

     
  • Bill Sortino posted at 10:29 am on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    bsort13 Posts: 4

    Well, what the article does not point out is that the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is a Right Wing Think Tank and therefore I would be suspect of any information they disseminate. If the Governor and the State are really interested in doing something to improve the level of reading in schools, I would suggest a broader effort to determine what States with the highest reading proficiency are doing and drop all ideological components offered by those with an ideological platform. Really caring about education means searching for the best methods and they are not always as simple as just holding kids back!

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:28 am on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

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    The problem goes deeper than third grade reading levels. It is difficult to read when you are hungry (or getting just one meal a day), your parents are unemployed or underemployed. Then, at eight years old, you are suddenly "in charge" of your younger siblings because your parent or parents must take a second job.

    You get held back? Guess where reading falls on your list of priorities as a child?

     
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