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Education

  • Board to raise tuition rates at UNM-LA

    The price of gas is on the rise, grocery prices are also going up and soon, the price of tuition at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos also will be increased, thanks to House Bill 2, currently making its way through the Senate.

  • L.A. Teen Center Opens

    The L.A. Teen Center opened Monday at lunchtime for youth in 9th to 12th grade. The center is across from Los Alamos High School in the lower level of Trinity on the Hill Church.

    The Family YMCA is operating the new facility, which will have its official grand opening for the community in a couple of weeks.

    In the meantime, teens can participate in the many activities available at the center including computers with high-speed wireless Internet, Wii video games, PS3 PlayStation, ping pong, air hockey, study area, pool table, television and more.

  • Skandera defends education qualifications

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera is defending her experience in the education field after facing questions over whether she meets constitutional requirements for the job.

    The New Mexico Constitution states that the leader of the Public Education Department must be a "qualified, experienced educator."

  • Education head faces questions

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee for public education secretary, Hanna Skandera, faces questions in the Legislature over whether she meets constitutional requirements for the job.
    The leader of the Public Education Department must be a “qualified, experienced educator,” according to the New Mexico Constitution, but Skandera has never worked as a teacher or administrator in a public elementary or secondary school.

  • Skandera's qualifications questioned

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Questions are being raised in the Legislature over whether Gov. Susana Martinez's nominee for public education secretary meets state constitutional requirements for the job.

    The constitution says the leader of the Public Education Department must be a "qualified, experienced educator." But Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera has never worked as a teacher or administrator in an elementary or secondary school.

  • Martinez targets social promotion of students

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to stop promoting public school students to the next grade if they lack required basic skills.

    Martinez joined Republican and Democratic lawmakers at a news conference on Thursday in support of legislation to halt the practice of "social promotion."

  • Pa. teacher strikes nerve with 'lazy whiners' blog

    FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A high school English teacher in suburban Philadelphia who was suspended for a profanity-laced blog in which she called her young charges "disengaged, lazy whiners" is driving a sensation by daring to ask: Why are today's students unmotivated — and what's wrong with calling them out?

  • House panel OKs public school budget bill

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State spending on public schools would be cut by more than 1 percent next year under a budget proposal approved by a House committee Monday.

    The House Education Committee recommended spending nearly $2.4 billion on schools, the Public Education Department and education programs such as pre-kindergarten in the fiscal year that starts in July. That's about $30 million, or 1.2 percent, less than this year's spending on public education.

  • NM low-income seniors and Hispanics lead nation on AP exams

    Santa Fe — New Mexico’s senior class of 2010 led the nation in the percentage of low-income seniors taking and succeeding on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, according to the College Board’s annual report to the nation.
    Additionally, Hispanic students in the state had one of the highest participation rates in the nation (49.4 percent) and the highest percentage of students scoring three or higher on an AP exam.
    Students in Los Alamos High School continue this high number of test takers.

  • Profiling Los Alamos Public Schools

    A television crew hired by the Profile Series was in town Friday to shoot footage for a series of one-minute vignettes about Los Alamos Schools that will appear on a number of national cable staitions, including the Discovery Channel.