Martinez Takes On Education Funding

Albuquerque – Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says she would take money from the educational bureaucracy in New Mexico and put it into classrooms.

Flanked by a group of teachers, Martinez on Wednesday outlined her educational plans at a news conference in Albuquerque.

Her plan would put an additional 4 percent of current education dollars into classrooms instead of bureaucratic functions.

Martinez says that would free up $74 million that could be spent to recruit and retain the best teachers, buy textbooks and offer remedial help to struggling students and schools.

She suggests remedial help could include additional teacher training, tutoring and summer school.

Martinez faces Democrat Diane Denish in the November general election.

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