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$2M Sought For Math, Science

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Gov. Susana Martinez wants to add $2 million to the state budget for schools to improve math and science education.

A majority of that proposed money —$1.25 million — would go toward a teacher recruiting program that would offer one-time, $5,000 bonuses to top-tier math and science teachers who volunteer to transfer to certain schools in low-income or rural communities where the state has struggled to recruit qualified math and science teachers, the governor said.

“It shouldn’t matter where you live; our students deserve great math and science teachers,” Martinez told a news conference Tuesday.

Another proposed teacher recruiting tool is a cash incentives to lure professional scientists and engineers working in New Mexico to become teachers instead.

Other proposed uses for the new math and science money include $500,000 for science career technical training programs offered by community colleges in New Mexico.
— This article appeared on page A3 of the Albuquerque Journal

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