The Las Cruces Sun-News (1/13, Simonich) reports that a group of Democrats in the New Mexico legislature plan to "oppose Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's initiative to retain all third-graders who do not read proficiently. The group filed an alternative bill to target struggling kids in grades K through 3 for extra help in reading and math. But the Democrats' bill would leave in place the existing state law that allows parents or guardians to veto a school staff that wants to retain a child in any grade."
The Santa Fe New Mexican (1/13, Nott) also covers this story, noting several paragraphs in that Education Secretary Arne Duncan last year "said, 'If your students keep being allowed to leave third grade and fourth grade without being able to read, you're not doing them any favors.'"