Gary King backs expanding early childhood programs

Updated: 08/13/2014 8:34 PM | Created: 08/13/2014 8:19 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King proposes using one of New Mexico's endowment funds to provide additional money for public schools and expand early childhood programs.

King outlined his educational policies on Wednesday, which include supporting a proposed constitutional amendment to increase yearly allocations from the Land Grant Permanent Fund.

He also wants to end "high-stakes" testing that students must pass to graduate from school.

King contends that expanding early childhood education can help children succeed in school and in the workforce.

King supports a measure introduced in this year's Legislature by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez opposes the proposal, which the Legislative Finance Committee estimates would provide nearly $700 million during its first three years for schools and early childhood programs such as pre-kindergarten.

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