Three New Mexico schools are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as Blue Ribbon award winners for their academic excellence.
Gov. Susana Martinez made the announcement Tuesday. She says the schools demonstrate what's possible when teachers and principals accept no excuses and put students first.
The schools are the Albuquerque Institute for Math and Science, Holloman Middle School in Alamogordo and Anthony Elementary School in southern New Mexico.
Leaders from each school will be invited to a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.
The three New Mexico schools are among 286 nationwide to receive the awards.
In order to qualify, each school must have demonstrated overall academic excellence or progress in student achievement. The New Mexico schools were nominated after earning an A in the state's letter grading system over a three-year average.
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