Their view: Open government progress in New Mexico

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s a portion of a recent column he wrote on open-government initiatives: In recent years, there has been a big push for transparency in government throughout New Mexico. The Rio Grande Foundation and the Foundation for […]

No Portales schools meet AYP standards

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Argen Duncan All seven Portales schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, according to test results the state Public Education Department released Monday. Statewide, 644 schools, or 77.9 percent, didn’t reach the goals for “adequate yearly progress,” or AYP, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That’s up from 560 schools, or […]

Press release: Cannon funding makes progress in Congress

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a vote of 411 to 6. The legislation provides a 7.4 percent funding increase for veterans’ health care and benefits, including funding for more than 4,000 additional permanent claims processors. The legislation strengthens the […]

Administrators praise AYP progress

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Board members and administrators spent much of their time at the Portales Municipal Schools regular board meeting Monday discussing last school year’s Adequate Yearly Progress test scores. Although six of the seven Portales schools tested in March ‘09 did not meet standards established by the State of New Mexico, […]

Economic development director sees progress in local economies

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Although Roosevelt County felt national economic problems, the local economy also saw progress in the past year, said the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation director. Director Greg Fisher told commissioners Tuesday that Portales, Clovis, Lubbock and Amarillo have some of the strongest economic indicators in the nation and show […]

Portales principals confident schools will meet Yearly Progress standards

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser and Portales Junior High School Principal Steve Harris have expressed confidence that this year their schools will meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards mandated by both the state and federal government. Both men gave lengthy presentations to the Portales Municipal Schools Board of […]

April 19, 2009 Dora school news

Report cards out Monday Teachers will issue Progress Reports for students to take home Monday. The reports will reflect students’ academic progress so far during the fourth nine-week grading period. Sports • Tuesday – Baseball at Floyd, 3 p.m./5:30 p.m.; Junior High EPAC Track • Thursday – Varsity EPAC Track at Fort Sumner • Friday […]

Students prepare for state tests

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales teachers and students have been preparing for state academic proficiency testing, which begins this week. The standardized tests given in third through eighth grade and 11th grade determine whether the schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards. “I have high expectations for what our students will do on the […]

Ethics reform bills make little progress

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Exhibit features New Mexico artists

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer An exhibit commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration will open Friday in Portales. The exhibit features more than 80 photographs of work created during the 1930s and ‘40s by New Mexico artists. The WPA, part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, employed as much as […]