Gov. says education secretary will improve school boards

Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Richardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday to solicit support for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform, which voters will decide on Sept. 23. He spent about an hour with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff members, answering questions on a variety of issues. Q. Would the creation of [...]

Area legislators speak out against amendments

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 distributions [...]

Richardson pleas for support

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Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson emphasized local autonomy and accountability when he made a pitch to Portales residents Wednesday for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform. Richardson spoke in the Portales High School auditorium as part of a barnstorming swing around the state that is expected to end in Silver City at 5 [...]

County makes deal to ease crowded jail

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission approved a temporary solution to jail overcrowding during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The commission approved a joint agreement with the Dickens County detention center east of Lubbock to house some the Roosevelt County prisoners. The cost to Roosevelt County $38 per day, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator Jesse [...]

Richardson heading to Portales High School

Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in Portales on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at the high school at 4:30 p.m., and answer questions about changes he is proposing to the state Constitution. One of Richardson’s amendments would transfer the [...]

Language barrier troubles schools

Mike Linn Standardized tests revealed what Portales School Superintendent Jim Holloway already knew, that language and socioeconomic factors are some of the toughest challenges Portales educators face. Recently released state ratings for Portales schools show that Hispanics and students who qualified for free or reduced lunches scored lower than the rest of their classmates on [...]