- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says he remains against a Gov. Susana Martinez plan to end social promotion in New Mexico schools.

The Belen Democrat wrote in an opinion piece Thursday that student retention should be based on teachers’ assessments, not reading test scores. Sanchez also says studies show that retained students are more likely to drop out of school.

He says Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera isn’t listening to teachers’ concerns.

His comments come after Senate President Pro-tem Mary Kay Papen said last week she thought Senate Democrats and Martinez could come to an agreement on education reforms.

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