Money not a cure for education problems

Thomas Sowell Everyone knows that black students in general do not perform as well in school as white students, much less Asian American students. But few realize how painfully large the gap is. Even fewer know that there are particular black schools, even in low-income neighborhoods, where students perform above the national average. Discussing racial […]

Amendment 2 still up in air late this morning

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – Voters have agreed to put Gov. Bill Richardson in charge of public schools but his proposal to fund his educational agenda was up in the air Wednesday. Changes in vote totals from some New Mexico counties caused the closely contested money issue to flipflop throughout the morning. The latest […]

Teacher asks for ‘yes’ vote on amendments

Wendy Hubby By now, most citizens of Curry County are aware of the special election coming up on Tuesday. As a teacher of 17 years in Clovis, and as a parent of one child in the schools, I am asking the voting citizens to please pass the two constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment 1 […]

Clovis residents speak out on two amendments.

By Gary Mitchell A special election presenting voters with two proposed constitutional amendments focusing on education is scheduled for Tuesday. Polls will be open at regular voting precincts from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Amendment No. 1 would transfer the state Department of Public Education to a cabinet department headed by a secretary of education. […]

Editorial: Choice is clear — Amendments next Tuesday are bad ideas

Tuesday’s vote on Amendments 1 and 2 deserve no votes from you. They are the result of hurried legislation drafted under pressure from state leaders who believe they know best how to improve New Mexico’s public schools. Yes votes would give state leaders, including the governor, control of our public schools’ $2 billion state budget, […]

Clovis: Mixed feelings on Amendments 1, 2

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot Sept. 23. Some responses: “Amendment 1 could save money that could be utilized somewhere else. As far as Amendment 2 goes, I know the schools could probably use more money, but the Land Grant money has been there since before […]

Voucher would ensure kids’ education

Mona Charen By one vote, the House of Representatives decided earlier this month to give needy students in the District of Columbia a fighting chance at a better education. Now the Senate is up to bat. Arrayed against the proposal is a coalition of big moneyed interests. No, not the usual suspects — the oil, […]

Voters face school issues

Gary Mitchell Area educators and legislators are reacting with cautious and mixed views regarding the two state constitutional education amendments facing voters on Sept. 23. Amendment No. 1 would do away with the existing Department of Education and create instead a cabinet-level public education department headed by a secretary of education. Amendment No. 2 would […]

Amendments 1, 2 not a political fight

Carroll Leavell I strongly object to the tenor and claims of your newspaper’s recent commentary, “Beware more control of our schools.” To set the record straight: These Constitutional amendments are about taking decisive action to fix our failing schools. We are 46th in the country in how we pay our teachers. We are 45th in […]

Beware more control of our schools

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson explains his education vision with a passion befitting a master politician. He’s stumped throughout the state in recent weeks to ask New Mexicans to allow him to show us all how to put our public schools on the right path to producing better-prepared children — at no extra cost. To […]

De Baca sheriff will hire officer for school

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS The De Baca County Sheriff’s Department will receive $78,543 to put a school resource officer in the Fort Sumner Public Schools, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves said Tuesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, Graves said. He said the person hired for the […]

Group plans 9/11 observance

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis chapter of a national fraternal organization will welcome chapters from across New Mexico on Sept. 11 for a ceremony observing the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. At 9:30 a.m., the Woodmen of the World Lodge 41 will conduct a flag presentation […]

Lyons urges preservation of trust fund

On Sept. 23, New Mexicans will be asked to vote on a Constitutional amendment to increase distributions from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for a comprehensive education reform bill passed earlier this year by the Legislature. While I respect Gov. Richardson, and support his policies on economic development, tax reduction and education reform, […]

County’s small schools just memories

By Don McAlavy The records of our rural school in Curry County have been ruined or destroyed. One story is that the basement in the county courthouse flooded and ruined these records. All that is known of our rural schools was obtained from early day school teachers, from children that went to the first schools […]

Constitutional change benefits children

By Michael J. Davis Even before New Mexico was a state, our leaders envisioned a state land trust that would provide support for public education. Today’s school children benefit from their foresight. Through continued careful management, we can help to guarantee that future generations are well educated in mind, body and heart. But we have […]

Pena, Marjorie

Marjorie Pena Services: Have been held. Mrs. Marjorie Doris Hood Pena, 76, of Clovis, a retired school teacher, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Byers, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from Highlands University and a master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University. She […]

Education focus should be coping, not hiding

By Leonard Pitts New York City school administrators begin filtering back to work next week. Students will return next month. And Harvey Milk High will become reality. That’s Harvey Milk as in the openly gay San Francisco politician who was famously murdered in 1978. Milk High, you see, is the nation’s first public school for […]

Board members say school progress plan flawed

By Gary Mitchell A statewide plan to evaluate student and school district progress earned labels of “foolish” and “flawed” by Clovis School Board members Tuesday night. As part of the House Bill 212 “No Child Left Behind” Act recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson, the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) part of the legislation […]

School uniforms could solve problems

By Ned Cantwell Scott Peterson will be named Husband of the Year before New Mexico schools adopt student uniforms. Threatening New Mexicans with school uniforms is like telling a Ku Klux Klansman he has to wear a blue sheet. You might as well tell the president of the local NRA chapter he has to get […]

Clovis school officials question ratings

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis school officials are worried that new legislation has created unfair assessment standards. During a special administrator’s meeting on Monday called to address new federal legislation and tightened state rules, Clovis superintendent Neil Nuttall said the rules led to four Clovis schools — W.D. Gattis Junior High, Parkview Elementary, Cameo Elementary […]