Representatives should proudly display stance

By Freedom Newspapers Should Texans know how their legislators vote on all major items? The answer should be obvious. How else would Texas residents know whether legislators are properly representing their interests? But some people surely will be surprised to find that Texas lawmakers don’t record all votes, and they like it that way. Six […]

Four team districts possible

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The New Mexico Activities Association is considering a proposal that would require at least four teams in all districts as part of its realignment process. Concerns about the level of competition and the number of automatic playoffs bids awarded to three-team districts influenced the association’s call for a minimum […]

Education Digest: Board meeting venue changed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education has changed the venue for its upcoming meeting. The board will decide whether to implement the administration proposal to reconfigure junior high schools by creating a ninth-grade academy at Gattis Junior High School at the meeting. The meeting will be held at […]

Schools seek 50 percent as solution

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Two thorns in the side of New Mexico public schools were discussed at the New Mexico School Board Association Region Five meeting: Inadequate funding and No Child Left Behind mandates. Also discussed at the meeting, held Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center, were two possible solutions endorsed by the […]

County wants equal magistrate districts

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County officials have recommended creating two contiguous and equally populated districts for the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system. The Curry County Commission made the recommendation in response to a joint lawsuit filed by Clovis residents Terry Martin and Johnny Chavez. The joint lawsuit, filed in May, was […]

Hopefuls in search of jobs at ENMU teacher fair

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With her husband stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, Heather Alvarez attended a teacher fair Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University hoping to find a job in the Portales-Clovis area. The good news is the Clovis and Portales school districts are looking for teachers. “I want to stay […]

NMAA boss: Three-team districts in tough spot

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Editor’s note: New Mexico Activities Association Executive Director Gary Tripp just finished his second year head of the governing body for the state’s high school athletics championships. During Tripp’s tenure as executive director, postseason for sports have been expanded to include 16 teams, tournament were seeded and the two largest […]

Area rural schools being recognized by governor

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others across […]

Many N.M. superintendents have short tenure

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — More than half of the state’s 89 school districts will be led by superintendents who have two years or less in their current positions when classes start this year. In Roosevelt County, two school districts recently parted ways with their superintendents. Fort Sumner and Clovis also have new superintendents. […]

More flexible rating system on way for special education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing […]

7/14 Education Digest

Alternatives open for teaching license In response to a shortage of teachers, the New Mexico Public Education Department has outlined alternative pathways for earning a license to teach in New Mexico. An NMPED news release said 43 New Mexico school districts are in want of more teachers. Those same 43 districts are classified as “high-need” […]

More government means problems for Texans

CNJ staff The 79th Session of the Texas Legislature began in Austin last week. Once again, politicians promise Texans to solve the state’s woes without raising overall taxes. Once again, voters are likely to be disappointed. The biggest issue facing lawmakers this session is school finance. Because politicians spent the previous regular session and then […]

‘Statewide’ should cover entire state

By Stuart Ingle Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A move is afoot in Santa Fe to change the way in which millions of your tax dollars are […]

Latest realigment plan eliminates bi-districts

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High is expected to lose two teams in its district if the latest athletic alignments are approved Wednesday by the New Mexico Activities Association’s Board of Directors. The new 5A alignment would put Clovis in District 4 with Hobbs and Carlsbad, a change prompted by excessive travel time […]

Texas ‘Robin Hood’ plan ruled unconstitutional

Freedom Newspapers A Texas judge has ruled the way that state funds public schools in unconstitutional. It’s up to the Texas Legislature to find a new way to pay for schools — and lawmakers need to figure out a method that won’t increase the already heavy burden on taxpayers. On Wednesday, after a six-week trial […]

School districts in money crunch

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS School districts across New Mexico say they are making do with less state money than expected this year by cutting positions and dipping into reserves, according to a survey conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. Those cost-cutting measures come during a year in which the state increased its draw from a state […]

Reserves key budget concern for board

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board gave tentative approval Wednesday night to a $44.9 million budget for the upcoming school year, but several members objected to a spending plan that could cut the district’s cash reserves by as much as $500,000. Board member Mark Lansford asked Maxine Hinderliter, the […]

Software SNAFU slows vote count

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Election results tape piles up on the chair as election judges Jill Whitehead, left, Sylvia Shugart, center, and Lois Thomas check early, absentee and alternate tapes Tuesday evening at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. CNJ STAFF A problem with new computers and software required by state legislation slowed down vote counting […]

Texas special session seen as waste of time

The Texas Legislature’s 150 state representatives and 31 state senators debated and bickered, but ended up adjourning May 17, two days before the scheduled end of the special session called by Gov. Rick Perry. They concluded their session without finding a new way to pay for the state’s public schools. All Texans have to show […]

Redistricting power is killing democracy

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist In the heyday of communism, lots of countries held regular elections but never seemed to vote anyone out of office. The people in power always won. The “democratic” procedures were just a facade disguising the irrelevance of the people. Back then, Americans felt our system was superior, because we could actually […]