Governor Martinez wants to give more money to reading program

Governor Martinez Reading

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The governor wants to give more money to a statewide reading program.

Governor Susana Martinez made the announcement at Alice King Community School Monday.

The Governor wants to expand the “Reads to Lead” program. The program was established in 2012 to help children in kindergarten through third grade become better readers.

Right now, the state sets aside $15 million for the program. The governor wants to bump the number up to $25 million.

Governor Martinez says the program has proven itself.

“You can see how it’s growing. It’s growing because we’re seeing the benefits of it. They are actually seeing kids are learning to read better at grade level,” said Martinez.

The new funding would be spent on 60 struggling schools. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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