House panel may nix money for governor's school reforms

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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 10:15 pm | Updated: 11:36 pm, Fri Jan 31, 2014.

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee is considering an education spending bill that strips funding for many of Gov. Susana Martinez’s signature public school reforms.

The committee this week proposed several changes to House Bill 3, introduced by Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, chairwoman of the House Education Committee. It shifts more control over spending choices from the Martinez administration to individual school districts, including proposed pay hikes for teachers.

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  • Donado Coviello posted at 12:03 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 469

    About Ben Dover's name, please no proctologist jokes.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 10:11 am on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 469

    Give it up lefties. NM has to try something different. WE are on the bottom be cause of you. ... WTF don't you just give everybody a break and stop being obstructionist. Help the people of New Mexico created private sector jobs and let the Governor try some different with education. Who care if the Democrats get credit for creating jobs and the Governor get credit for helping improve education. Win/win.

  • Gerry Schneider posted at 3:11 pm on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    theeggman50 Posts: 3

    Mr. Dogpile, et.al- Does the fact that just about every educator who writes to the Santa Fe or Albuquerque newspaper, comments on Facebook or other social media, etc. opposes Martinez/Skandara Florida solution in New Mexico, give you pause? Does it ever cause you to think, "maybe they know something I don't?" Maybe their experience as educators, board members, etc. puts them in a better position of knowing a good idea from a bad one? Or is your opinionated name calling, just that, with no substance but to mimic what your "reform" leaders tell you to say.

  • Neil Meharg posted at 2:44 pm on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    Neil Meharg Posts: 5

    Well after teaching for 26 years I'll tell you testing and more testing is not the answer. These tests cost a lot of MONEY....the riverside assessment given 3 times a year cost 11 per student. That is 33 dollars per studentand that is just 1 standardized test. Take the instruction time away from the classrooms to administer these tests and the cost to districts in employeee time the expense gets higher. In contrast I teach Chemistry and I get $1.21 per student per year to supply my lab.....thanks to reduced funds in education the last ten years and the change in funding above and below line the last few years, so Mr Dogpile I'll agree, corporate profiteering gets very old.

    Some ideas...if above line funding is restored then more teachers can be hired to reduce PTR,Pupil to Teacher Ratio.
    2. More reading teachers could be hired to help elementary students bring their reading levels up
    3. a choice in time of HS schedules to meet HS student needs to improve graduation rates,which are up in APS this year again....

    4. Scrap the online course requirement for graduation, that is absurd and expensive.

    5. and find a better teacher evaluation that is not skewed for failure due to a VAM component.....and 50% on EOC exams that students could care less about.

    Theres some ideas...I am not NEA nor AFT, they sold teachers out a long time ago.

  • Lissa Clark posted at 2:37 pm on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    teacher25years Posts: 3

    Mr. D - Are you a current or previous educator or have you worked in the educational system?

  • Lissa Clark posted at 1:36 pm on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    teacher25years Posts: 3

    After teaching in NM for 25 years I have never seen a grass movement like Stand4KidsNM. They embrace not only student testing and student issues, but also those of the teachers and their evaluations based on the student testing and issues. It is ridiculous for any business to implement change without a plan. Information for EOC's are not readily available and training and curriculum have not been set. How many businesses fly by the seat of their pants and make a profit or see positive results when changes are implemented made without a plan, staff training and staff buy in. "Nutty Kathy" as you have so ridiculously named her is passionate, educated, well researched and not relying on mere newspaper articles to base her opinions on. She is in the trenches, finding out the bottom line and continually advocating for the students. Transparency is what she seeks and it is all educators are asking for. Educators should know BEFORE the school year starts as to expectations and the evaluative process for our students and for teachers. As for curriculum and testing, money is the bottom line. The industry is greedy, corrupt and is about profit, not education. Don't buy into the Common Core that the rest of the country is now doing away with PED of NM. IT ISN'T WORKING! Value education, invest in curriculum for the students and pay your teachers a decent living wage with cost of living increases. STAND4KIDSNM and Kathy Korte aren't nutty; they're right on!

  • Neil Meharg posted at 1:09 pm on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    Neil Meharg Posts: 5

    The Governors proposed budget for education is too skewed to below line spending, 58.5% of increased funds would be used to implement known failed policies from Florida and send the monies out of state forever to corporate benefactors like Pearson. You might think that taxpayers would want more local control of funding so local decisions are made over whats best for New Mexico students. I am glad the legislature is regaining the authority to decide the budget instead of being side stepped by the PED and Governor Martinez's education reform policies which are the failed policies of Florida and Jeb Bush in which Skandera came. Support above line budget increases so schools can reduce PTr and fund classrooms properly, instead of increasing corporate profits.

  • Katherine Korte posted at 12:20 pm on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    kskorte Posts: 18

    Name calling now? If "nutty" means asking tough questions and demanding answers, then so be it. Name calling by the far Right still isn't answering the questions and concerns. I am sitting in the House education committee hearing this morning. If I am nutty, then so are all the teachers, parents and students who are relaying their real-life experiences of so-called reform. The best the far-right can do is label me nutty. It still won't acknowledge the true intent of their reforms: corporations who are taking are tax-payer dollars. Tests alone don't improve academic achievement.

  • Benjamin Dover posted at 11:50 am on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    Ben A Dover Posts: 2

    I'm with George on this. The people resisting change - ironically often teachers - need to be far more specific about a program that changes the educational outcomes in our state. At least the governor and the secretary are clear about how they are trying to lead needed change. Offer alternative or improvements!

    It should also be noted that Todd Hansen is a Santa Fe Public School teacher and is the local representative for the NEA teachers union. Seems you have some undisclosed interests in this Mr. Hansen.

  • Todd Hansen posted at 9:25 am on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    tmusichans Posts: 13

    Mr. Dogpile...if you simply set foot in a school you'd see these reforms are hurting our children. Our guv and PED haven't a clue what it is doing because they tout research that they won't cite. Oh and that's something we expect even our youngest learners to do. Cite your sources.


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