- Associated Press - Monday, February 17, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The House has approved a proposal for schools to provide extra help to students who struggle to read.

The measure is the latest effort by Democrats to offer an alternative to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s proposal to require schools to hold back third-graders who can’t read proficiently, rather than promoting them to the next class.

The governor opposes the proposal by Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Garcia of Las Cruces.

The measure passed the House on a 34-29 vote Monday, with Republicans in opposition.

Under the bill, struggling students through the second grade may be retained - but that’s not required - based on decisions by a team of educators. Garcia said parents would be involved in the decision.

The measure goes to the Senate but the Legislature adjourns on Thursday.

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