Albuquerque, NM — ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Failing New Mexico schools will receive some extra help from the state.
Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico's struggling schools will have a chance to participate in a University of Virginia-based program aimed at helping troubled schools.
The governor made the announcement Tuesday, saying $3.5 million set aside for education improvements in the current budget will help the schools with leadership training and professional development.
She says the program is aimed at the 319 schools that received a D or F under her administration's new grading system.
Martinez also defended the grading system, which some have criticized as too complicated, and promised to work with teachers on reforms.
The grading scale is a cornerstone of Martinez's agenda for improving education in the state, which consistently ranks near the bottom nationally.
The system lets the state consider more than annual student test scores when gauging whether schools are complying with the federal No Child Left Behind law.