- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez has signed bills to expand access to kindergarten through third grade classes and to allow certain teachers to become principals quicker.

Currently only those schools with poor grades receive funding for the K-3 Plus program, which provides additional instruction over the summer for struggling students.

Martinez says the legislation allows those schools that improve their grades to build on the momentum and continue to improve.

The other bill signed by Martinez streamlines the administrator licensure process to allow excellent teachers with a proven track record of success to become administrators after three years, instead of the current six years.

The governor signed the bills Wednesday while visiting an Albuquerque elementary school.

She faces a Friday deadline for acting on legislation passed during the 60-day session.

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