7/14 Education Digest

Alternatives open for teaching license In response to a shortage of teachers, the New Mexico Public Education Department has outlined alternative pathways for earning a license to teach in New Mexico. An NMPED news release said 43 New Mexico school districts are in want of more teachers. Those same 43 districts are classified as “high-need” […]

More government means problems for Texans

CNJ staff The 79th Session of the Texas Legislature began in Austin last week. Once again, politicians promise Texans to solve the state’s woes without raising overall taxes. Once again, voters are likely to be disappointed. The biggest issue facing lawmakers this session is school finance. Because politicians spent the previous regular session and then […]

‘Statewide’ should cover entire state

By Stuart Ingle Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A move is afoot in Santa Fe to change the way in which millions of your tax dollars are […]

Latest realigment plan eliminates bi-districts

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High is expected to lose two teams in its district if the latest athletic alignments are approved Wednesday by the New Mexico Activities Association’s Board of Directors. The new 5A alignment would put Clovis in District 4 with Hobbs and Carlsbad, a change prompted by excessive travel time […]

Texas ‘Robin Hood’ plan ruled unconstitutional

Freedom Newspapers A Texas judge has ruled the way that state funds public schools in unconstitutional. It’s up to the Texas Legislature to find a new way to pay for schools — and lawmakers need to figure out a method that won’t increase the already heavy burden on taxpayers. On Wednesday, after a six-week trial […]

School districts in money crunch

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS School districts across New Mexico say they are making do with less state money than expected this year by cutting positions and dipping into reserves, according to a survey conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. Those cost-cutting measures come during a year in which the state increased its draw from a state […]

Reserves key budget concern for board

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board gave tentative approval Wednesday night to a $44.9 million budget for the upcoming school year, but several members objected to a spending plan that could cut the district’s cash reserves by as much as $500,000. Board member Mark Lansford asked Maxine Hinderliter, the […]

Software SNAFU slows vote count

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Election results tape piles up on the chair as election judges Jill Whitehead, left, Sylvia Shugart, center, and Lois Thomas check early, absentee and alternate tapes Tuesday evening at the Curry County Courthouse. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. CNJ STAFF A problem with new computers and software required by state legislation slowed down vote counting […]

Texas special session seen as waste of time

The Texas Legislature’s 150 state representatives and 31 state senators debated and bickered, but ended up adjourning May 17, two days before the scheduled end of the special session called by Gov. Rick Perry. They concluded their session without finding a new way to pay for the state’s public schools. All Texans have to show […]

Redistricting power is killing democracy

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist In the heyday of communism, lots of countries held regular elections but never seemed to vote anyone out of office. The people in power always won. The “democratic” procedures were just a facade disguising the irrelevance of the people. Back then, Americans felt our system was superior, because we could actually […]