Gov. Susana Martinez is inching toward compromise — of a sorts — on her signature initiative to improve the reading ability of New Mexico schoolchildren.
The goal is hardly controversial: Ensure children learn to read by third grade, so that they can succeed in school. It’s how to get there that has caused disagreement. Martinez and her Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera want children held back in third grade if they aren’t reading up to grade level.