Morning Word: Feds Propose More Money for Poor Schools
Minority students not receiving an equal educationMorning WordTuesday, July 7, 2015
A proposed education reform bill in Washington could provide more funds for schools in economically depressed areas of New Mexico.
It calls for an increase in federal money and resources for the lowest-performing schools and students. The report also calls for a decrease in standardized tests — an action long advocated for by New Mexico teachers — and more money for early education.
New Mexico has consistently had a large number of people living in poverty. A new report from the Economic Innovation Group shows 20 percent live in communities that are economically depressed.
In Santa Fe County, the ZIP code that contains the village of Santa Cruz near Española is the most economically distressed community. The unemployment rate there is nearly 18 percent, and more than 30 percent live below the poverty level.
New Mexico In Depth correspondent Gwyneth Doland takes an up-close look at some New Mexicans caught up in an expensive cycle of payday loans.
After rejecting a big new apartment complex development, four Santa Fe City Councilors are sponsoring a resolution to direct city staffers to research ways to solve the city’s house affordability problems.
The resolution says that Santa Fe’s housing costs are higher than the national average for cities of similar size, that 62 percent of Santa Fe’s workforce lives outside the city and that 72 percent of them say they live outside the city because of the high cost of housing in the city. It adds that the population in the city has declined over the past decade in the 25-54 age group, and that while renter income has remained relatively flat since 2000, the rents have increased.
Elizabeth Miller, SFR’s new city government reporter, has a preview of tomorrow’s Santa Fe City Council meeting. She reports councilors are considering a budget mechanism that will allow the transfer of up to 12 percent of enterprise fund money to the general budget.
People living in Questa have been struggling ever since the Molycorp mine closed down. Now comes word the company has filed bankruptcy.
Gov. Susana Martinez reminded New Mexicans on Monday about their legal obligation to report suspected child abuse.
“Over the summer months when children are not in school, we need to maintain a watchful eye over our children to make sure they are staying healthy and safe. Anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect must report it. Dialing #SAFE will connect New Mexicans with our child abuse and neglect reporting hotline.”
Martinez also says protecting the state’s water resources is not negotiable.
“We have taken the necessary steps to begin addressing the Kirtland fuel spill when other administrations hesitated to engage with the problem. The U.S. Air Force has stepped up and done the work required by my Administration to begin remediating the plume of contaminated water beneath Kirtland and parts of Albuquerque. There's still a lot of work that needs to be done, but today's announcement shows that we have made great strides in protecting Albuquerque's water supply.”
On Monday, lawmakers on the Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee spent time discussing how the state should regulate airborne drones in New Mexico.
Some who testified before the committee cited instances where drones have harassed livestock, interrupted outdoor activities and trespassed over private property. They argued that proposed rules being considered by the Federal Aviation Administration deal more with economic and safety benefits rather than privacy issues — and that’s where state legislatures have room to set policy.
Reporter Uriel Garcia has more good news about recent rains improving the state’s drought conditions; even more rain is in this week’s forecast.
Traversing a dirt road shortcut along Highway 599 at Paseo de River proves to be treacherous for Santa Fe drivers, especially during monsoon season. We’ve crossed the Santa Fe River here many times and had no idea it was illegal.
Head-on collisions caused by drivers going to the wrong way on roads has been a problem in Santa Fe. On Monday, Santa Fe police car dash cams caught a 72-year-old suspected drunk driver going to the wrong way on Highway 599.
KOB reports there is more federal grant money coming to New Mexico to help law enforcement agencies battle the DWI crisis.
We haven't had any sports news for a while, but here's some good news for Lobo basketball fans. After playing a year in Italy, former men’s basketball standout Kendall Williams has inked a one-year deal to play in France.
Former LSU baseball standout Alex Bregman, who’s inked his own lucrative MLB deal with the Houston Astros, is playing minor league baseball this summer in New Orleans. Now he’s celebrating his first professional-level home run.
If you’re considering a vacation close to home this summer, TripAdvisor recommends affordable trips to Angel Fire and Red River.
Finally, a Taos man has had enough and has decided to sue Facebook to force them to stop invading his privacy with unwanted text messages.