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Governor vows to battle for reading agenda

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LAS CRUCES — Gov. Susana Martinez made it clear here Thursday that she has not given up her fight to end so-called social promotions of third-graders struggling with reading in New Mexico public schools.

Martinez was asked about the top issue facing the state in the concluding session of the Domenici Public Policy Conference put on by New Mexico State University. She responded with comments on the reading issue.

“I don’t ┬áthink anyone can doubt my passion for educating our children,” the governor said. “I will fight long and hard to ensure our kids are reading before they leave the third grade.”

Martinez, who is expected to seek a second term as governor next year, has one regular legislative agenda left in her first term.

Speaking to about 600 people attending the conference, Martinez touted development of the Santa Teresa transportation hub and industrial center near Las Cruces, calling it a “world class industrial zone” that will be a “booming bi-national community” in partnership with Mexico.

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