9/29 Education Digest

N.M. parents graded for involvement
New Mexico parents were given a C+ by “Education Week” magazine for parental involvement in education, according to a New Mexico National Education Association press release. Gov. Bill Richardson said that a partnership between parents, students and schools is “a key step on the road to reform,” the press release said. The grade could be improved by focusing on readiness issues such as expanding pre-kindergarten programs, access to healthcare and good nutrition, the president of New Mexico National Education Association said.

Teacher dresses up to teach Constitution
Teaching the U.S. Constitution is a state mandate in New Mexico schools and Eastern New Mexico University professor of history Donald Elder is doing his part to help. Since 1997, Elder has dressed up as Abe Lincoln to teach Portales elementary school students about history. He will make appearances at several Portales schools again this month.

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com