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11 districts, 3 charters to receive reading grants

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Eleven school districts and three charter schools will receive state grants to help them teach reading to students in kindergarten through third grade, according to a news release from the Public Education Department. The $2.1 million in grants are part of the “New Mexico Reads to Lead” initiative, which requires districts to apply for grant funding and specify how they will use the funds to improve reading.

Thirteen school districts and one charter school already received funding in the first round of “Reads to Lead” grants. The second-round district recipients are: Roswell, Los Lunas, Clovis, Alamogordo, Deming, Belen, Socorro, Hatch Valley, Cobre, Dexter, and Estancia school districts. The new charter recipients are Turquoise Trail, North Valley Academy, and Lindrith Area Heritage School. The awards range from a high of $416,500 for Roswell to $1,500 for the Lindrith Area charter school.

I wrote this story last July about the first round of funding, and this story last April about the “Reads to Lead” initiative in general.


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