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Education

  • Video Exclusive: LAPS Education Summit

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt and others from the district will met with State Rep. Jeannette Wallace and State Sen. Richard Martinez Tuesday morning at Aspen Elementary School to discuss education and the possible effects that school districts around the state will feel should education funding be cut in the next legislative session. 

  • Live-stream 10:15 a.m. Tuesday: LAPS Education Summit

    Don't miss the next lamonitor.com live-streaming webcast: the education summit Tuesday, Jan. 4 beginning at 10:15 a.m.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt and others from the district will meet with state officials to discuss education and the possible effects that school districts around the state will feel should education funding be cut in the next legislative session. 

  • LAPS looks to the future

    2010 is winding down quickly, but Los Alamos Public Schools administration already is thinking about 2011.
    LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt and Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe are thinking about the impact of the state budget on the district’s long-range financial plan. With a new governor coming into office in January, there are some concerns about how education will be impacted and how much, if any, it will be cut.

  • Martinez picks reformer as public education head 


    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has made her pick for New Mexico’s next public education secretary — a woman who led school reforms in Florida.
    Under former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Hanna Skandera implemented reforms at middle schools and high schools aimed at improving accountability and giving incentives for high academic performance while ending social promotions.
    Martinez said reading scores in Florida
    schools went up dramatically.

  • Martinez picks reformer as public education head

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has made her pick for New Mexico's next public education secretary — a woman who led school reforms in Florida.

    Under former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Hanna Skandera implemented reforms at middle schools and high schools aimed at improving accountability and giving incentives for high academic performance while ending social promotions. Martinez said reading scores in Florida schools went up dramatically.

  • NM teachers earn Golden Apple Award

    Seven New Mexico high school teachers have earned the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
    The Golden Apple Award has been given since 1996 to 102 New Mexico teachers, recognizing that the quality of their teaching is the single most important factor in their students’ academic success.
    Jean Baca teaches biology (with special education students included in regular education classes) and anatomy and physiology at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque Public Schools.

  • LAPS board ponders LAMS construction finance options

    The students at Los Alamos High School will soon have a revamped campus and if all goes well financially, the students at the middle school can look forward to new digs, as well.
    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting at Pajarito Cliffs, Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the middle school education staff has been busy thinking about what the middle school could look like. Though these are only concepts at this point, Schmidt is confident that administration will soon agree on one of the options.

  • UNM-LA copes with budget cuts

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has been faced with some tough times. Not only did voters reject their mil levy proposal during an election earlier this year, but during last week’s election, voters rejected the referendum on Bond D, which means that the campus is faced with tightening their belts even more because there will not be additional funding from the state.

  • UNM-LA sees rise in enrollment

    For the eighth straight semester, enrollment is up at UNM-Los Alamos. According to UNM-LA’s Institutional Researcher Valida Dushdurova, headcount is 6.8 percent higher in Fall 2010 than Fall 2009. Student credit hours and full time enrollment numbers are both up 9.6 percent over last year.  

  • Schools reap rewards from Smith’s program

    Every time shoppers swipe their Smith’s Fresh Values Cards, local schools and organization reap profits — and in Los Alamos and White Rock — those profits are substantial.
    Through its “Earn & Learn Program,” Smith’s contributed a percentage of shoppers’ savings to Los Alamos Public Schools and other organizations.
    The grocer, with stores in White Rock and Los Alamos, distributed checks totaling $63,964 during a ceremony at the LAPS district offices recently.