N.M. academic achievement gap old problem

The Albuquerque Journal Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is once again the target of criticism, this time by Hispanics who are rightly concerned about the large achievement gap in New Mexico between Anglo and minority students, which has remained static for years. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Skandera shortly after the 2010 election to reform the state’s […]

Income gap not wide between rich, poor

A Congressional Budget Office study has claimed that between 1979 and 2007 after-tax income for richest households grew substantially more than it did for others. Let’s look at what is not happening. The poor are not getting poorer because the rich are getting richer. Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution says living standards have improved […]

Bingaman: Bill would help New Mexico close its budget gap

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced the U.S. Senate has approved legislation that would help New Mexico close its budget gap with an eye toward preventing cuts to health care and teacher layoffs. Under the proposal, the state would receive an additional $126 million through Medicaid, which frees up this amount in state dollars […]

Bill lessens pay gap for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

We are building the playground

The GAP Project, sponsored by United Way’s Day of Caring Committee, is building a playground. The installation of the playground equipment at Grand Avenue Playground will be on Saturday, Aug 22 beginning at 8 a.m. If you would like to volunteer to help build, clean, paint or move pea gravel, please give us a call. […]

Playground equipment to be installed

The GAP Project, sponsored by United Way’s Day of Caring Committee, will be completed Saturday, Aug. 15, with the installation of playground equipment at the Grand Avenue Apartments. Work will begin at 8 a.m. Other improvements will be made including laying of pea gravel and painting the railing around the grounds. Twenty Lowe’s Heroes and […]

Wall Street bailout akin to water gap unfairness

by Glenda Price Ranch people in the Southwest who happen to be in arroyo country must deal with water gaps. To keep the cattle in the correct pastures (bulls in the bull pasture after breeding season, neighbor’s bulls not visiting our cows, etc.), fences often must go across arroyos. Therein lies a problem. Mostly the […]

Logan bridge closed after RV accident

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Freedom New Mexio: Thomas Garcia A fifth-wheel camper driven by Bill Lange of Wisconsin was damaged Thursday by a joint jutting out of the westbound lane on the U.S. 54 bridge near Logan. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico An recreational vehicle struck a bridge expansion joint Thursday on U.S. 54 near Logan, creating a […]

Campus gender gap widens

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Second semester nursing students, from left, clockwise, Levi Hill, ElizabethVerespie, Victoria Cabrera and Stephanie Walley work Wednesday in a study group at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Women spill across the cafeteria, with their backpacks, purses, scarves and coats strewn across tables and seats. Peals of […]

6/9 Education Digest

Program offers college experience Kids will have a chance to attend college this summer through a program offered by Eastern New Mexico University. The program, running from July 6-29, hold daily sessions in six subjects: Physical education, science, arts and crafts, computers, and swimming and reading. “Kids College” also offers its student the opportunity to […]

Bob’s tips for bridging the generation gap

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Scholarly Stuff we’re looking into the vast chasm that exists today between kids and grownups. I mean, why can’t kids understand that certain things are more pressing than ankle tattoos and body piercing? On the front line of this confrontation are teachers who every day must wage uphill […]

No excuse for racial gap in education

Mona Charen Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom have produced a book that should rock the nation. “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning” is a brilliant analysis of what ails American education today. Though the Thernstroms will doubtless receive a certain amount of abuse for tackling this sensitive subject, no fair-minded person reading this scholarly […]