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Susana Martinez to join board of Jeb Bush’s ed reform group

March 1, 2019
FILE - In this May 9, 2016, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaks to third-graders at Hubert Humphrey Elementary in Albuquerque about a new summer reading challenge. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has announced Friday, March 1, 2019, that the former New Mexico governor is joining the board of his education reform organization. Both are Republicans. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has announced former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is joining the board of his education reform organization.

Bush, the founder and chairman for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, said Friday that Martinez will become a member of the group’s board of directors and help push reforms in other states. Both Bush and Martinez are Republicans.

Bush called Martinez a “visionary leader” who adopted strong education reforms as governor from 2011 to 2018.

But her appointed comes as the Democratic-controlled New Mexico Legislature is set to vote on far-reaching reforms to the state’s public education system, reversing many of the policies under Martinez.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration also is set to rollback policies on teacher evaluations and school grades.