No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

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 […]

Six Portales schools fail to meet AYP standards

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As was the case statewide, the majority of public schools in Clovis and Portales did not meet the state standards for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress report. Nine of the 15 Clovis schools tested — the high school, both middle schools and six elementary schools — were among the […]

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 […]

March 29, 2009 Dora news

Spring break All Dora students are on Spring Break until April 6. Testing after spring break Students in third through eighth and eleventh grades are taking the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment each morning from April 7-14. The tests will be administered from 8:30 -11:30 am.

March 22, 2009 Portales High School News

Standards tests this week Portales High School will be administering the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA) Monday through Friday.

School officials struggle to understand complexities of AYP

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) has schools all over New Mexico scrambling to come up with answers for how to pass the state standards mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Area school officials got a chance to learn more about AYP at the fall meeting of the […]

History shouldn’t be optional subject

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers While I was on a dinner break last week, I went to a fast-food restaurant for a quick bite. While in line, I heard a teenager behind me sitting and joking with his friends. The teenager was not willing to trade seats with another friend. He said with laugh, “I’m […]

Proposed ethanol plant concerns neighbors

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Some days, a fine dust settles on her porch furniture and an odor washes through her neighborhood. “I used to think someone was baking beans,” Marilyn Dottle said. The dust — actually fine particles of grain — and the smell come from the ConAgra Trade Group grain elevator across […]

Bush’s compromise on CAFE puts feds that much deeper in regulatory arena

Editorial The Bush administration last month caved in to years of pressure, and moved to make good on the president’s pledge to free the nation from its “addiction” to foreign oil, by making the most dramatic change in 30 years to Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. Certain categories of trucks and SUVs will have to […]