- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez says one of her top priorities will be putting more money toward turning around New Mexico’s failing schools.

In addition to covering basic school services, the governor wants to expand a mentorship program for principals and develop a similar program for teachers.

She also wants to raise the starting salary for teachers by $2,000 and provide teachers with $100 stipends to help with the cost of purchasing classroom supplies.

Part of her agenda also calls for stipends to help recruit and retain bilingual, special education, and math and science teachers in certain areas of the state.

She’s also renewing a proposal to require schools to hold back third-graders who can’t read proficiently, rather than promoting them to the next grade level. Democratic lawmakers have opposed the idea.

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