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SANTA FE – The “K-3 Plus” program that extends the academic year at low-income schools is showing enough promise that New Mexico should consider making it mandatory, a national expert told state lawmakers on Thursday.
“The kids who need it most are not the ones who come,” said Jeannie Oakes, a presidential professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The program is now voluntary for students at eligible schools throughout the state. It’s available at schools where 80 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and at schools that are rated poorly by the state.
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