Tag Archives: education

Governor Martinez Says NO To At-Risk Kids And Teachers

Before signing the $6.15 billion state budget, Governor Martinez in a heartless and uncaring manner, cut $15.2 million that would improve educational outcomes for at-risk and poverty level students. Then she vetoed a $2000 increase in minimum salary levels for experienced level two and level three teachers. Why? DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman: “New Mexico’s at […]

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NM Senate Dems Stall Nomination of Anti-Education Nominee Skandera

Governor Martinez loses battle to win confirmation for failed education nominee New Mexico’s Senate Democrats won a victory this week by refusing to confirm anti-education nominee Hanna Skandera. For over 3 years Governor Martinez has tried and failed to win confirmation for this incompetent and inexperienced education consultant. After moving to New Mexico, Ms. Skandera […]

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NM House Republicans Kill Bill to Fund Early Childhood Education

Senate Joint Resolution 4, sponsored by Senator Tim Keller (D-Bernalillo-17) was killed by House Republicans on the House floor yesterday evening on a 34 to 32 vote. SJR4 is a constitutional amendment, and required 36 votes to pass. Republicans successfully killed the bill that funds early childhood education. The bill, as amended ensured solvency for […]

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House Republicans Vote Against Teacher Pay Raises

House Republicans vote to kill a House Education Committee report on House Bill 391 today on the house floor on a 30 to 33 vote. House Bill 391, is a sub for House Bill 67 sponsored by Representative Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo – 21), Chair of House Education Committee, which would increase the current salary minimums […]

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House Republicans Undermine Salary Increases for Educators

House Bill 67, sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo – 21), Chair of House Education Committee, would increase the current salary minimums for teachers over the next 5 years to $40,000 for Level I, $50,000 for Level II, and $60,000 for Level III. Earlier this week, house Republicans, in an unconstitutional maneuver, changed HB 67, […]

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Democrats: Moving Education Forward

3 years and 36 days since Governor Martinez took office and our kids are worse off than ever before in state history. 50th and dead last in the nation for the wellbeing of children 1st in child hunger deliberate and focused war on teachers to mask policy failures We can do better. DPNM is committed […]

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Governor Martinez’s Lack of Record Shines Most in State-of-the-State Address

“We need someone who will lead and govern — not play politics!” This resounding message given by Senator William Soules (D-32-Doña Ana) in the Democratic response to the governor’s State of the State speech set the stage for the start of the 30-day 2014 legislative session. Senator Soules countered the governor’s empty remarks and lack […]

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Senator John Sapien Op-Ed: End Privatization at the Expense of New Mexico’s Education

In March, 2013, the Legislature adopted an amendment to allow a fair bidding process for high school equivalency tests to be administered throughout the state. Although it passed both chambers unanimously, Governor Martinez later pocket vetoed it. Coincidently, on that very same day, in fact, the Public Education Department (PED) signed a Memorandum of Understanding […]

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New Mexico Awarded $12.5 Million Supplemental Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that New Mexico and five other states will each receive a supplemental award from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states. The total award […]

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Hanging Out with High Tech Classrooms

President Obama travelled to Mooresville, NC yesterday to announce ConnectEd, an exciting new initiative designed to help bring America’s students into the digital age.  The goal of the ConnectED initiative is to bring high-speed internet connections to 99% of America’s students within five years. Immediately following the event, James Kvaal, Deputy Director of the White House Domestic […]

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