Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed a package of measures to improve public schools and better prepare New Mexico students for the workforce.
The governor asked the Legislature on Tuesday to finance a pilot project patterned after a successful program in Las Cruces that partners public schools, businesses and colleges to help students prepare for colleges or jobs. Martinez wants to make similar programs available in other communities.
Martinez offered the proposal during her state of the state speech to a joint session of the Legislature.
The governor also called for increased funding for programs to help children improve their reading in early grades and establishing an early warning system to help teachers and parents identify students who are at risk of dropping out of school.