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 […]