'It's not about money, it's about how you teach'
26 September 2011 Last updated at 20:43 BST
Susana Martinez became America's first Latina governor when she took office at the beginning of 2011.
A Republican, she has broken from the education agenda of her Democratic predecessor, Governor Bill Richardson.
Steve Kingstone went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to interview her and find out why she believes a new approach is needed to tackle the Hispanic achievement gap.