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Morning Word: New Mexico Students 'Below Basic' in Science Tests

October 27, 2016, 12:00 am
Students Underperform in Science Proficiency 
New Mexico fourth- and eighth-graders continue to test well below the national average when it comes to science proficiency exams, according to the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Only 21 percent of eighth-graders were at or above “proficient,” compared with 34 percent nationally. The largest percentage of New Mexico eighth-graders – 45 percent – were “below basic.” Nationally, 33 percent were in the lowest category. In Utah, the top performer on this exam, only 18 percent of students were “below basic.” 
A quarter of fourth-graders reached “proficient,” compared with 38 percent nationally. Thirty-five percent of fourth-graders were “below basic,” versus 25 percent nationally.
Campaign News Stories
Ann Holton, the wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, is scheduled to campaign in Albuquerque and at a early voting center in Santa Fe on Friday.

Joey Peters reports that pro-choice and anti-abortion groups are donating thousands to New Mexico campaign accounts.
Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico, for example, raised $10,000 to target four hotly contested state legislative races that could help decide which party controls the state House of Representatives and state Senate.
Meanwhile, Justin Horwath reports that a Catholic priest at St. Anne parish in Santa Fe might have crossed the line for a tax-exempt organization by tacitly urging his flock to vote against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

By now, you’ve probably are tired of seeing all this year’s candidates’ yard signs. Well, an Albuquerque jeweler is trying to inject a little humor into the political season with a few signs of his own. Check them out on KOAT. 

ACLU Opposes New Prison Contract in Cibola County
While the US Bureau of Prisons cancelled its contract with a private facility in Cibola County, now it appears Immigration and Customs Enforcement will detain immigrants there. The American Civil Liberties Union is opposed to the new contract.

Arpaio Charged with Contempt
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is often criticized for his hardline approach to immigration enforcement, is facing criminal contempt-of-court charges for failing to end immigration patrols in the state despite a judge’s orders. 

Attorney Supports More Criminal Justice Reforms
Criminal defense attorney Johnny Osborn takes a meaningful look at what will happen if voters approve a constitutional amendment to reform the state’s bail system, and suggests even more criminal justice reforms are needed, in a thoughtful essay at NMPolitico.com.

Cubs Pick Up Important Road Win
After being shut out in the first game of the World Series, the Chicago Cubs had nine hits and eight walks and are on the way to picking up a big win, winning 5-1 last night in Cleveland. Now they’ll have home field advantage when the series with the Indians continues at Wrigley Field on Friday.

 

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