“I’ve always said that every child can learn. And it starts with reading,” Martinez said. “If we want our kids to succeed in the classroom, we need to help them build a strong foundation of reading skills. By expanding New Mexico Reads to Lead, we will be able to identify more struggling students and give them the help they deserve – no matter their background or where they go to school.”
Martinez first established New Mexico Reads to Lead in 2012 to help teachers and schools better identify students struggling in reading, and provide more resources to help build and strengthen reading skills.
Through Martinez’s proposed expansion, her executive budget recommendation will include another $10 million for Reads to Lead, in addition to the current funding of $15 million, growing the total to $25 million.
“Reading is an essential foundation for success both inside and outside the classroom,” said New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera. “For kids to be successful at the next grade level and beyond, we have to intervene today with the support and help our kids deserve.”
Since Martinez first established Reads to Lead, New Mexico has invested $49.5 million in the program.
“We need to inundate our struggling schools with literacy support – targeted help to give students the best chance to learn to read,” Martinez concluded. “And as I’ve continued to call for, we need to demand that children learn to read early on, and stop shuffling struggling students into higher grades to face discouragement and despair.”