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New Mexico Governor,, Expanded Education Initiatives

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by WriterofWords, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Our Gov. didn't make it for President, had to back out of his appointment by Pres. Elect Obama, but has new (new?) ideas for education:

    Governor Bill Richardson Announces Expanded Education Initiatives for 2009 Legislative Session

    SANTA FE - Governor Bill Richardson today outlined his expanded education agenda for the upcoming legislative session during visits to Clovis and Tucumcari. While speaking with lawmakers, community leaders, education officials and students, the Governor reiterated his support for changing the current education funding formula and announced his proposals to increase college opportunities for New Mexico students.

    “We have no higher priority than ensuring all New Mexico students receive a quality education and are given the tools and opportunities for success,” Governor Richardson said. “I look forward to working with the legislature to make sure we are adequately funding our classrooms, but ultimately I believe the voter’s of New Mexico must have a say on this major investment.”

    Two years ago, Governor Richardson signed legislation to fund a task force to study the funding formula that New Mexico has used for more than 30 years. It found the funding formula is outdated and underfunds schools, particularly smaller and rural schools, by $350 million. The Governor will work with lawmakers to find a way so that voters decide how changes to the formula will be funded.

    Other educational initiatives the Governor will be pushing for this year include:

    Requiring students to be in the classroom 180 days and moving teacher professional development outside of the instruction day.
    This has always been a gripe of mine, being taken out of my classroom for days on end to learn to teach things I already know how to teach! Students whose parents think it is more important to keep them home to go to work with dad to learn to pour cement because they don't need an education to do that!

    Increasing math requirements for K-8 teachers by three credit hours.
    Oh yeah, this means that even those who don't teach math will be spending money to take courses they don't need.

    Strengthening the Public Education Department’s ability to sanction school districts that do not adhere to audit requirements.
    This is for district in case you hadn't caught my previous complaints. No audits for 5 years???? Now we are being punished and having to give up pay, and they can say it was our choice to do it too,,, less pay or no job? There's a choice! Where does it say they will force the district to pay us back?

    Expanding the College Affordability Fund Scholarship to increase the number of students who can receive assistance.
    They don't mean all students, trust me.

    Put all of the state’s 3% Scholarships into need-based aid.
    New Mexico doesn't go by need, they go by race, they can say they don't, but they go by race. What used to be a minority is not anymore, but are still treated as such, and those that really need scholarships but are not in that group suffer.

    Creating a division within the Higher Education Department to coordinate all major initiatives targeted towards Native American Students
    Another gripe of mine, the tribe around here is given anything and everything they want but the students are not forced to go to school. They are kept out for this ceremony, that ceremony, the cat had a hairball, the chicken laid an egg,, they fail and the teacher is punished.

    Expand dual credit opportunities so that Native American high school students can take advanced classes and earn credit toward graduation at Tribal and other colleges.

    They have to be in class to take advanced classes!!! If they don't enforce attendance on the Res it ain't gonna happen!

  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    [​IMG] So from what I can tell, you are frustrated by the lack of common sense in government? Boy what world were you living on before? When you go back home take me with you!
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    I'm living on the same world I always have, it's just not as good as it was in my corner.
  4. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    You know, it seems they came up with everything except increase funding. I know people love to say that "throwing money at a problem won't fix it" but when the problem is a lack if funding it WILL fix it. More money means more staff to support students learning. Is money the only problem? Of course not. But what I've seen is that when times are tight the schools have to make cuts (ending in huge class sizes) and when times are better they don't get to bring those cut programs/teachers back.
  5. jnjross

    jnjross Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    the guys were told tuesday they "may or may not" be cut. they will be cut pay first ??? [​IMG] [​IMG] they're already under paid by 50% when compared to the national average!! gee's just fire 'em unemployment is more than they'll be making,, [​IMG] i can't see cut 5million from education and spenting 75million on a convention center in the middle of a getto in the 2nd highest crime area in the nation,
  6. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    We hadn't had an audit for 5 years and are several million in the hole. We had to make a choice, take a pay cut for the next 6 months and only lose a few people, or don't take the cut and lose over 100. They took out 1/3 of the lights in the classrooms, and half of them in the hallways to save money. You can't run electricity in the classrooms except for the over head lights that you have left. All trainings were cancelled that meant over time, or weekends, or out of town. No sports that require outside lights can practice after 5pm, indoor sport schedules were cut almost in half because of using lights and scoreboards.

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