The recent revelation that New Mexico hasn’t been living up to its share of a federal special education formula has prompted outrage among some state lawmakers. But even more troubling, they say, is how the Public Education Department left state them in the dark about the problem in the first place.
Many of us didn’t know much about Mali until a few weeks ago. Some of us still don’t. Hell, my cousin was a Peace Corps volunteer there, and all I really knew was that it was huge and hot, with uncommonly friendly people.
Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the 2013 legislative session with her third “State of the State” speech. Many of the themes were so familiar—education, jobs, taxes, etc.—that SFR decided to compare them to her 2012 speech via word cloud, a graphic that sizes words according to how often they appear.
On a recent Friday afternoon, Santa Fe Police Department Officer Jeff Worth spots two teenage boys, both wearing hoodies, nervously looking around as they walk outside the Target on Zafarano Drive. Worth is working his beat plainclothes today, and his vehicle is unmarked. The two boys don’t know he’s watching them.
Idle No More, the international protest movement aimed at restoring the rights of indigenous peoples including Native Americans, staged a protests and silent round dance at the Roundhouse on opening day of the legislative session this Tuesday, Jan. 15.