Amendment 2 will fail education future

By Brett D. Johnson Tuesday could be one of the most important days in New Mexico’s future. The reason: The people of this state will have a chance to give our education system a needed cash injection — paid for by our children, grandchildren and future generations. The Permanent School Fund is derived from income […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Commissioner pans amendment push

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Pat Lyons, commissioner of Public Lands for New Mexico (right), talks with Greg Southard of Leslie’s Candy Co. on Thursday during a Rotary Club meeting at the Holiday Inn in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A proposed Constitutional amendment that would spend a higher percentage of New Mexico’s land grant permanent […]

Governor: Reform gives rural areas a voice

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Clovis Community College students Jordan Dickenson, left, and Gina Martinez, center, during his visit Wednesday at Yucca Junior High in Clovis. Richardson was in Clovis to talk about education reform. Compiled by CNJ Senior Writer Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Rich-ardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday […]

Amendment a raid on the state’s future

By Brian Moore Many of you have seen a letter published in the Albuquerque Journal from Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, about education reform and the Constitutional amendments on the ballot Sept. 23. I thought perhaps your readers might appreciate a different view. Let me start by saying that I agree about the need for true […]

Governor promotes education reform during stop at Clovis school

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speaks about the upcoming election and education reform to a group of listeners Wednesday at Yucca Junior High in Clovis. By Jack King Two proposed state constitutional amendments would eliminate bureaucracy and fund badly needed school reforms, Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday. Richardson spoke in the […]

Area reps wary of funding for plan

By Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase […]

Richardson to push education reform

By Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in eastern New Mexico on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at 2:15 p.m. at Yucca Junior High School in Clovis and then at 4:30 p.m. at Portales High School. Officials said he will […]