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Monday morning trippin'Morning WordMonday, March 2, 2015
It's Monday, March 2, 2015
Students around New Mexico are planning more protests of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers test today. Hundreds of students, with permission from parents and administrators, have already been speaking out against PARCC.
Even an eighth grader in Grant County is asking commissioners to support students opposition to the test.
Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera is defending the test and says students shouldn’t be too anxious about it.
The tests are based on Common Core education standards the state adopted in 2010 that spell out what math and English language skills students should master at each grade level. Though schools have begun modeling their instruction around the standards, this is the first year students in grades three through 11 will be tested on them.
Gov. Susana Martinez has declined a challenge to take the test herself. She might be too busy traveling out of state. Records show she spent 272 days on the road during her first four years in office. The records were submitted by attorneys defending her in a lawsuit filed by the Santa Fe Reporter.
Martinez might want to plan a staycation and visit Taos Ski Valley to see all the improvements being made there.
The village has created a Tax Increment Development District, commonly known as a TIDD, and is asking the Legislature to authorize $44 million in tax-exempt bonds backed by newly generated local and state tax revenues to reimburse Bacon's company for public infrastructure improvements. The bills have bipartisan support and got unanimous do-pass votes from committees in the House and Senate last week.
It doesn't look like Santa Fe School Superintendent Joel Boyd is going to be packing for a trip to Fort Worth, Texas. He’s decided to complete his contract in New Mexico.
Two Alamogordo educators are planning a trip aboard NASA's flying telescope to learn more about infrared astronomy.
Back on the ground, a city councilor wants to survey recently retired Albuquerque Police Department officers to find out why so many of them are hitting the road.
Albuquerque city attorneys might have to walk to court to defend their position to block the media from videotaping personnel hearings for fired police officers because it violates the state Open Meetings Act.
If you’re looking for a day trip this spring, the Trinity Site at White Sands Missile Range, where the world’s first atomic bomb was tested, will be open to the public twice this year, April 3 and Oct. 4. Fiscal constraints at the Department of Defense over the past few years had limited access to one day.
- Students learning how to lobby had an interesting elevator trip with Rod Adair, a former state senator – New Mexico Political Journal.
- Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, thinks right-to-work legislation will pass the Senate – ABQ Business First.
- Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, wants scanned copies of state contracts put online – New Mexico In Depth.
- The American Civil Liberties Union in New Mexico is opposing two abortion restriction bill that are headed to the House floor – Joey Peters has more at SFR.
- A new Indian gaming compact is headed to the Senate – Santa Fe New Mexican.
- House Republicans have blocked a bill to requiring more diaper changing stations in public places – Santa Fe New Mexican.
- A bill that would have prohibited coyote-killing contests may have passed the Senate, but it died pretty quickly in a House committee – ABQ Journal.
It might be an awful year for the Lobo basketball team, but the school’s men and women’s track and field teams dominated the indoor conference this year.