By Vik Jolly
The Associated Press
SANTA FE — The New Mexico House of Representatives has voted to approve legislation that would end the social promotion of third-graders who are not proficient readers.
After three hours of debate Wednesday night, the bill passed 38-30 with one Democrat siding with Republicans in the majority. The legislation now moves to the Senate.
The measure by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, calls for retaining third-graders who are not reading proficiently and giving them intensive remediation.