Parents who miss teacher conferences are not criminals

Editorial It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their child’s teacher. […]

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 […]

Dendahl seeking governor’s post

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers John Dendahl is the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. He is running against incumbent Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M. Biography: Dendahl is a fourth-generation Santa Fean. He is married and has five daughters. He and his wife, Jackie, have nine grandchildren. He is a graduate of Sante Fe’s public […]

Speaker says ‘moral intelligence’ vital to youth

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Michelle Borba said she tells parents, teachers and community leaders she doesn’t care what they stand for as long as they stand for something. The internationally recognized educational consultant pounded that and other concepts home to teachers and community members Friday in what she calls building moral intelligence in […]

Brown Early Childhood to have more space for expected higher enrollment

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Best-selling author Robert Fulghum says, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten” and at L.L. Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, there will be more room for learning during this critical stage. When pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students begin filling the halls on Aug. 21, there will be […]

Lindsey to prepare middle-schoolers for world of responsibility

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Sixth-graders will enter a world of more independence as they begin at Lindsey Middle School on Tuesday, but with that independence will also come responsibility and accountability. Lindsey Middle School Principal Rick Segovia said, “Middle schoolers are at that age where they can keep up with their homework in the […]

Schools receive $1 million grant

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Portales municipal school district will receive $1 million over the next three years to provide in-depth training in American history to 75 elementary and secondary teachers. The school district will use the grant to partner with Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of History, Humanities and Social Sciences and other […]

Education hopefuls test waters at ENMU teacher fair

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Those searching for a career in teaching and those looking for teachers said they benefited from attending the teacher fair at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday. Students said the ENMU teacher fair helped future teachers get an idea of what’s available for new teachers in New Mexico and Texas. […]

Portales school officials unhappy with governor’s veto on salaries

William P. Thompson Gov. Bill Richardson recently vetoed $6.3 million in funding to the state’s three-tiered licensure system for teachers, and now the Portales school district will have to make adjustments in its budget to come up with $300,000 to $400,000. Debbie Zurzolo, business manager for Portales schools, said she doesn’t know yet what will […]

Committee recommends large education budget increas

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Teachers and other public school employees would be in line for 6 percent salary increases next year under budget recommendations approved by the House Education Committee. State spending on schools, the Education Department and other educational programs would increase by 10.7 percent, or almost $228 million, under the committee’s […]