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      15 N.M. teachers to receive $5,000 in stipends for transfers

      LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the state is "off to a good start" with 15 teachers each approved to receive a $5,000 stipend for transferring from a top-graded school to a low-graded one.

      According to the Las Cruces Sun-News the teachers worked for the Las Cruces, Taos, Las Vegas City, Espanola, Estancia and Gallup school districts.

      Teachers qualifying for stipends must have worked full-time at schools with A or B grades last year and they must now teach full-time at schools with D or F grades. And they have to stay at the D-F school through the 2014-2015 school year.

      The state began the program in September but Skandera says all the teachers receiving the stipends had transferred before the announcement.

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