Air Force project aids education

By Darrell Todd Maurina Much of what the Air Force does involves preparing for battle in the skies over hostile nations, raining lethal strikes down upon the enemies of the United States. But some Air Force activities are just plain fun. That’s what Gerald Mora of the research laboratory at Phillips Research Site, part of […]

Clovis schools to appeal probationary status

Gary Mitchell Clovis school officials are set to meet with state Department of Education officials on Friday to appeal a recent probationary rating for Bella Vista Elementary. The Educational Standards Commission will hold hearings for districts to appeal ratings at the State Capitol, Room 303, in Santa Fe. Eligible schools are those that received a […]

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 […]