- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico House Republicans rallied in support of ending social promotion ahead of a committee hearing to consider a bill to keep children from moving into the fourth grade if they’re not proficient readers.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s plan to end social promotion in New Mexico schools faces opposition from Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, who says student retention should be based on teachers’ assessments, not reading test scores.

House GOP leaders held a news conference Monday to discuss the issue. They referred to social promotion as a “failed policy.”

A bill by Albuquerque Rep. Monica Youngblood calls for retaining third-graders who are not reading proficiently and giving them intensive remediation. The bill also says kindergartners through second-graders may also be held back if they’re struggling with reading.

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