Referendums give citizens voice

In an Oct. 25 CNJ article on the city charter commission, the CNJ quoted Commissioner Fred Van Soelen as saying that negative referendums cost the taxpayers too much money so it should be harder to have one. However, that is just plain wrong. If you will remember, the referendum this past summer, initiated by the [...]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary [...]

Charter school appeal denied

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia upheld a Portales Municipal Schools board decision Tuesday, denying a charter to the proposed Horace Mann School. Garcia outlined the reasons for denying the appeal in a 16-page document. Garcia said there were at least 15 instances of deficiency in the HMS charter application. [...]

Charter school appeal heard

PNT Staff Report Sponsors of the proposed Horace Mann Charter School will have to wait until after Christmas to know whether it will be organized under the umbrella of the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education. New Mexico Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia heard from school sponsors as well as Portales school officials during an [...]

Fate of charter school to be decided Monday

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The fate of a proposed charter school in Portales rests with an appeals hearing Monday before the New Mexico Public Education Department. After the Portales school board denied the proposed Horace Mann Charter School a charter in September, organizers appealed the ruling to the state’s Charter Bureau, according to [...]

Charter school application voted down for second time

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools board had a quick redo on its earlier denial of the proposed Horace Mann School charter Wednesday. But the result after the formality was the same: Application denied. Organizers for the Horace Mann School proposed a charter school in June. After an internal and external evaluation of the [...]

School board set for another vote on charter school

PNT Staff Portales Municipal School Superintendent Randy Fowler said written reasons for denial of the proposed Horace Mann Charter School will be presented during a special school board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. During the meeting, Fowler said the board is expected to rescind its previous action denying the application and vote on the issue [...]

Portales Municipal School board votes down proposed charter school

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Organizers of the proposed Horace Mann School were dealt a blow Wednesday as the Portales Municipal School board voted down its application to become the district’s first charter school. “It’s not a huge surprise,” Joan Brown, one of the school’s organizers, said following the meeting. “We will be appealing [...]

School board set to make decision on proposed charter school

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a grueling public hearing Monday during its regular board meeting, Portales Municipal Schools board members are set to make a decision on a proposed charter school in Portales at a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. “I want to encourage you to vote for the charter school,” [...]

Charter school sought

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Portales residents are proposing a charter school for the 2007-08 school year to focus on math, science, technology, and college preparation. Joan Brown, one of the organizers, submitted a proposal Thursday afternoon to the Portales school district for the Horace Mann charter school. The school would be an [...]