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 […]

Commitment must be all the way

Master Sgt. Victoria Petit 27TH COMPTROLLER SQUADRON FIRST SERGEANT Early in my career, I had a chief master sergeant tell me the following, “be all that you can be.” Does that sound familiar? We are all well aware that each service prides itself on their “catchy” slogans. Although partial to the Air Force’s earlier slogan […]

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 […]

Cannon focuses on fitness

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As they get ready to meet new Air Force physical fitness standards, Cannon airmen are running and doing push-ups and sit-ups — exercises many haven’t done for years. Unlike the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, the Air Force has used a stationary cycle fitness test for the […]

School officials to appeal Valencia’s probationary rating

Gary Mitchell Portales school officials are set to meet with state Department of Education officials on Friday to appeal a recent probationary rating for Valencia Elementary School. The Educational Standards Commission will hold hearings to appeal ratings at the State Capitol, Room 303, in Santa Fe. Eligible schools are those that received a probationary rating […]

Language barrier troubles schools

Mike Linn Standardized tests revealed what Portales School Superintendent Jim Holloway already knew, that language and socioeconomic factors are some of the toughest challenges Portales educators face. Recently released state ratings for Portales schools show that Hispanics and students who qualified for free or reduced lunches scored lower than the rest of their classmates on […]

Two Portales schools placed on probationary status

By Mike Linn Two Portales public schools have been placed on probationary status by the New Mexico State Department of Education — while the remaining six met the state’s accountability standards. The NMSDA placed probationary status labels on both Broad Horizons and Valencia Elementary, which fell from meeting standards last year. Portales Schools Superintendent Jim […]

State alters standards for assessment tests

By Angela Peacock New Mexico State Department of Education Assessment and Evaluation Unit has implemented new standards for non-English speaking students in an effort to meet the principals of President Bush’s 2001 No Child Left Behind law. And in an effort to meet those standards, students are now required to take all standardized assessment tests […]