No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

No Portales schools meet AYP standards

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Argen Duncan All seven Portales schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, according to test results the state Public Education Department released Monday. Statewide, 644 schools, or 77.9 percent, didn’t reach the goals for “adequate yearly progress,” or AYP, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That’s up from 560 schools, or […]

Six Portales schools fail to meet AYP standards

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As was the case statewide, the majority of public schools in Clovis and Portales did not meet the state standards for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress report. Nine of the 15 Clovis schools tested — the high school, both middle schools and six elementary schools — were among the […]

Portales principals confident schools will meet Yearly Progress standards

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser and Portales Junior High School Principal Steve Harris have expressed confidence that this year their schools will meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards mandated by both the state and federal government. Both men gave lengthy presentations to the Portales Municipal Schools Board of […]

March 29, 2009 Dora news

Spring break All Dora students are on Spring Break until April 6. Testing after spring break Students in third through eighth and eleventh grades are taking the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment each morning from April 7-14. The tests will be administered from 8:30 -11:30 am.

March 22, 2009 Portales High School News

Standards tests this week Portales High School will be administering the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA) Monday through Friday.

School officials struggle to understand complexities of AYP

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) has schools all over New Mexico scrambling to come up with answers for how to pass the state standards mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Area school officials got a chance to learn more about AYP at the fall meeting of the […]

History shouldn’t be optional subject

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers While I was on a dinner break last week, I went to a fast-food restaurant for a quick bite. While in line, I heard a teenager behind me sitting and joking with his friends. The teenager was not willing to trade seats with another friend. He said with laugh, “I’m […]

Proposed ethanol plant concerns neighbors

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Some days, a fine dust settles on her porch furniture and an odor washes through her neighborhood. “I used to think someone was baking beans,” Marilyn Dottle said. The dust — actually fine particles of grain — and the smell come from the ConAgra Trade Group grain elevator across […]

Bush’s compromise on CAFE puts feds that much deeper in regulatory arena

Editorial The Bush administration last month caved in to years of pressure, and moved to make good on the president’s pledge to free the nation from its “addiction” to foreign oil, by making the most dramatic change in 30 years to Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. Certain categories of trucks and SUVs will have to […]

Other agencies inspected PRMC

By Marlena Hartz Spurred by complaints, three independent organizations have inspected Plains Regional Medical Center since January, officials confirmed this week. Two of those agencies have cited the hospital for being out of compliance with their standards. The third determined the complaint was unsubstantiated. PRMC officials and inspection agencies have said inspections are routinely conducted […]

Board of Regents informed of ENMU enrollment increase

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were told Friday enrollment at the Portales campus topped 4,000 for the first time since 1975. According to university officials, 4,052 students enrolled at ENMU for the fall semester. The fall enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959. […]

Mileage standards could be much better

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When I took a look at the CNN Web site on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but give a slight amount of approval to the Bush administration, or at least the first sentence of the story I uploaded. “The Bush administration announced new fuel economy rules Tuesday that require […]

Portales peanut farmer back on national board

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer R. Wayne Hardin, a local peanut grower, was appointed to his second six-year term by the United States Department of Agriculture to the 18-member Peanut Standards Board. When Hardin was originally appointed to the position the New Mexico Peanut Growers recommended him for the appointment. His term will end on […]

Parents deem scoring unfair

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer Some Portales parents feel federally designated proficiency levels used to measure student performance are unfair. The proficiency standards, which are mandated by President Bush’s No Child Left Behind, Act makes the schools responsible for the students’ performance. Test results released Monday by the state Department of Education indicated Portales failed […]

Portales fails to pass state tests

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools for the second year in a row failed to meet basic requirements for student academic performance and participation. The school district did however showing improvements in reading in a majority of the student subgroups measured. Portales failed to meet the federally mandated “adequate yearly progress” for […]

AYP standards could be more flexible

By Marlena Hartz Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing flexibility) because we […]

Portales police receive state accreditation

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Police Department has received state accreditation through a program sponsored by three state organizations. The accreditation marks the successful completion of a process that has taken more than 2 1/2 years since the accreditation was made available through the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal […]

City lobbies for funds

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Tony Parra City officials are hoping road work and construction signs decorate the city of Portales this year. With the help of more than $2 million in funding from the New Mexico State Legislature, city officials may just get their wish. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials are requesting $2.42 million in funds for a […]

Valencia wins state appeal

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Valencia Elementary’s school rating jumped from probationary status to meets state standards following an appeal from Portales Municipal School officials in August. Portales school officials received a letter on Wednesday from the New Mexico secretary of education informing them that the previous ranking was flawed and […]