Parkview teacher believes state education testing unfair

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLisa Gershon teaches special education at Parkview Elementary School. She said teaching special education enables her to become more involved with her students. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lisa Gershon has taught special education at Parkview Elementary School for six years. A Clovis native, Gershon follows in the footsteps of […]

Testing decision should be government-free

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist If a hospital wanted to advertise that it upholds sanitary standards higher than any required by the government, no one would object. A used car dealer that decided to offer only vehicles with the best crash-test scores would be free to do so. But after a meat packer announced plans […]

Courage under fire: Do we have it?

By Curtis Shelburne In his book, “Citizen Soldiers,” author and historian Steven Ambrose tells the story of the pivotal days during and after D-Day in World War II as the Allies landed what would be the decisive blow against the Nazis. Ambrose tells much of the story from the perspective of the soldiers who fought […]

Police briefing from Dec. 19

Additional interviews were conducted this weekend by the Major Crime Unit and additional evidence was also collected. The items collected will be delivered to the DPS Crime Lab in Santa Fe for forensic testing. Currently there has not been any arrests made. Additional information will be available when appropriate.

Clovis to begin random steroid testing

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School will begin testing athletes for steroids by the end of the year, according to school officials. Clovis athletic director Dale Fullerton said Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for steroid testing on a statewide scale and Clovis will be one of four high schools to participate in […]

7/24 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Joe Gonzales, 27, pleaded guilty to theft of a credit card and is ordered to serve 18 months supervised probation, submit to drug/alcohol screening, comply with recommendations of screener, pay $5 for the domestic violence offender treatment fee, pay probation costs, submit a […]

6/26 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Kenneth R. Bair, 46, pleaded guilty to DWI (fifth offense) and is ordered to serve one year imprisonment by Department of Corrections followed by one year supervised probation, pay $5 for the domestic violence offender treatment fee, submit a DNA sample and pay […]

Testing won’t solve high school steroid problem

CNJ staff W hen you hear about a steroid problem on the professional level, one of the first concerns is how long will it take for this problem to trickle down to high school sports. Athletes like to emulate other athletes, and some people figure it is only a matter of time before prep athletes […]

6/5 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Moses Estraca, 31, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, aggravated burglary (armed after entering), aggravated assault (deadly weapon against a household member) and other allegations. He was ordered to serve five years supervised probation, pay all probation costs, pay all fines, attend a […]

Potential legislation would allow drug tests of high school athletes

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson, noting steroids are no longer just a problem in professional sports, said Monday he wants New Mexico to begin random testing of high school athletes in the state. Richardson spoke at a steroid summit put together by the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body for high school […]

Drug testing just another fact of life

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The National Football League’s draft is this weekend. The media has already been abuzz about some of the draft prospects testing positive for something they weren’t supposed to be ingesting. And then there were the baseball players in a congressional hearing concerning testing for steroids a few weeks back. Drug […]

Steroids not seen as problem at area schools

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With steroids becoming a bigger problem at the professional sports level, the NCAA is trying to take more preventative measures to head off potential problems. Ed Kabrick, athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that as of the 2004-05 school year the NCAA randomly tests athletes for the use […]

3/24 Education Digest

ENMU making nursing tuition offer Eastern New Mexico University is offering free tuition for bachelor of science nursing-completion classes. The introductory class is offered via video-conferencing to the following sites from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning May 21: Clovis Community College, New Mexico Junior College, ENMU-Ruidoso, the ENMU-Roswell Artesia Workforce Center, Eastern New Mexico […]

Clovis students taking assessment tests

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local school students are in the middle of standardized tests this week, and area principals are trying new ideas to motivate students and provide the best testing environments possible. Students will take standardized-based assessment tests in language arts, reading, writing, math and science for two weeks in sessions that […]

3/3 Education Digest

CCC hosts GED testing Here are dates related to GED testing at Clovis Community College: March 1-17: sign-up, registration closes at noon on March 17; March 21-25: testing offices closed for spring break; March 29-30: GED testing in Room 220. There will be no GED testing during August due to fall registration at CCC. Students […]

School officials suggest modified testing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor School officials believe modified testing of special education students will better measure student knowledge and increase a school’s chances of meeting state education standards. Most special education students have average intelligence, and are smart enough to pass standardized tests for their grade levels, just as long as the tests […]

Fort Sumner testing back on track

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Fort Sumner School District has had strict mandates put forth to ensure testing is administered correctly this school year, a state education official said this week. But the district will not face further repercussions for failing to order the proper tests last year. The state has instituted new checks […]

Educator: New tests rejuvenate the state

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Local and state school officials admit the state-mandated testing system has had its fair share of critics, among them superintendents, teachers and parents. But school officials believe the number of people who attack the state’s measurement of knowledge will diminish in the upcoming year with a set of standards-based […]

Drug testing for lawmakers proposed

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be […]

Prescription drug proposal could be more expensive

Reports from those who follow congressional wrangling suggest that President Bush’s  desire to sign legislation that can plausibly be called a prescription drug benefit within Medicare might be stymied. That would be good news. The differences between popular catch phrases and the actual details of this proposal are quite striking. What might trip up legislation […]