State Gets Grant For School Mentors

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) The New Mexico Public Education Department is getting nearly half a million dollars from the Daniels Fund to create a mentorship program to help the state's 40 lowest-performing schools.

Gov. Susana Martinez says the $460,000 grant will be used to pair leaders in the underperforming schools with those from the state's top 40 schools. She says the idea is simple: share the practices from successful schools with those that are struggling. The innovative program will also provide a stipend of up to $3,000 for each participating school leader.

The grant will also allow New Mexico develop a website of best practices for students that principals, teachers and administrators across the state will be able to use.

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