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Conflict makes news, I’ve learned. Somehow, headlines about agreement don’t have quite the same zing as those big black letters signaling a good fight.
But it happens. Agreement, that is.
There’s a lot of agreement in the Legislature, and a good deal of meaningful compromise. Except for the inevitable outbursts in the last week when they’re sleep deprived, our lawmakers mostly work with thought, diplomacy and humor.
Here are a couple of examples.
Everybody likes the K-3 Plus program, an outgrowth of Kindergarten Plus. It extends the school year for kindergarten through third grade in high-poverty areas. Legislators of both parties support it it; so do the administration and educators. Recently it scored well in a national evaluation.
“We’re using this program as a bulwark for all our students who aren’t reading,” said Stan Rounds, superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools.
HB 14, by Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, would make the six-year pilot K-3 Plus into an ongoing program of the Public Education Department. The bill has glided through three committees and the House, which passed it unanimously.
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