• 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.

  • Discovery Channel to film Los Alamos schools on Friday

    Discovery Channel will be conducting its filing for the upcoming Profiles Series about Los Alamos schools in two locations on Friday.
    Beginning at 8:45 a.m., the channel will be at the Mountain Elementary School to film different classes.
    At 10 a.m., the channel will shift its focus to the high school and Los Alamos Schools Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe said there is a full schedule.

  • Discovery Channel to feature LA Schools

    The Discovery Channel has selected Los Alamos Schools to be featured in one of its “Profiles,” Superintendent Eugene Schmidt and Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe announced at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

    “The Discovery Channel will be here Friday,” Schmidt said. “They will be doing their filming and conducting their interviews at that time.”

  • Low turnout for board election

    Bitter arctic temperatures gripped Los Alamos County Tuesday and that may have contributed to the low number of voters who went to the polls to cast their votes for the Los Alamos Board of Education and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board.

    Candidates for the LAPS Board of Education had little to worry about, as they all ran uncontested.