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N.M. allocates $15M to help early reading

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SANTA FE — New Mexico is allocating $15 million for programs to help students improve their reading through the third grade.

The Public Education Department said each of the state’s 89 school districts will receive at least $50,000 through the “New Mexico Reads to Lead” initiative and two-fifths of the districts are in line for larger amounts.

The largest grant is to Albuquerque Public Schools for almost $1.1 million, with Las Cruces and Rio Rancho school districts each receiving $260,000.

Farmington, Gallup, Gadsden and Santa Fe school districts each were awarded $195,000.

Alamogordo, Hobbs, Roswell, Carlsbad, Deming and Central school districts will receive $162,500.

The money will pay for reading coaches, professional development of teachers and to help identify students needing help with their reading abilities.

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