No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

Earning blue ribbon recognition long process

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Many will have read the Clovis News Journal article last Thursday about Ranchvale Elementary being recognized as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. What an achievement to have received such an honor. The Blue Ribbon Award has become a way to assess exemplary practices and establish standards of excellence for public and private […]

Most Clovis schools miss AYP mark

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CNJ staff Three quarters of Clovis Municipal schools received a failing grade from the state Monday. Of the district’s 16 schools, 12 didn’t reach the goal of making “adequate yearly progress,” or AYP, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Last year, six of the district’s 16 schools made AYP. Those numbers put Clovis […]

Core standards could benefit all U.S. students

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls have shown most people agree standardized testing helps assess students’ overall readiness and the success of the instructors who teach them. Standardized evaluations, however, require standardized curricula; you can’t measure students’ performance on the same test if they didn’t study the same — or at least similar — information. […]

Curry County hires new jail administrator

Keith Norwood of Belen is the new administrator of the Curry County jail. Norwood’s appointment was announced late Wednesday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Norwood has 25 years experience with the New Mexico Department of Corrections. He retired in December as the deputy bureau chief of internal audits, standards and compliance, according to his resume. […]

Education column: School testing weeks not holidays

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools No homework for a week. No, teachers are not on strike and it is not a gift from the new superintendent. But, what is happening is Standards Based Assessment testing. Previously, I thought this was a free week because students don’t have to study, and teachers don’t have to […]

Educators focusing on individual student success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall Middle School seventh graders, from left, Teresa Navarrette, Tommy Sena, Ajaycia Brown and Alexus Lucero take time to read Friday in the school’s reading recovery program called Read 180. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For principals across the Clovis district, continued student improvement is the goal. Last year, […]

County manager appointed to serve on jail standards council

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle has been appointed to serve on the professional standards council of a newly developed detention center accreditation program for the state. Pyle will serve alongside four detention center commanders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Association of Counties. Other council members include jail administrators: David […]

Nine Clovis schools fail to meet AYP standards

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File photo Nine of 15 Clovis schools failed to meet 2009 AYP standards. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico As was the case statewide, the majority of public schools in Clovis and Portales did not meet the state standards for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress report. Nine of the 15 Clovis schools tested — the […]

Group testing home energy measurement method

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dalinda Bangert of EcoTerra Enterprises in Santa Fe seals an air duct Tuesday prior to a leak test at a home being built in Clovis. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Current and past officials of the New Mexico Home Builders Association are pretty sure standards for energy efficiency will […]