Poll: Most in NM support holding back struggling readers
Posted at: 09/13/2012 11:01 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A new statewide poll commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal finds a strong majority of New Mexico voters want to keep third-graders who can't read from advancing to the fourth grade.
The poll shows strong support for ending so-called "social promotion" regardless of party affiliation, region or ethnicity.
Ending the practice has been a major policy initiative of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez but has been blocked by the Democrat-controlled Legislature.
The Journal Poll of 402 likely voters was conducted over land lines and cellphones Sept. 3 through Sept. 6 by Research & Polling Inc.
It showed 75 percent of those asked wanted social promotion ended. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
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