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Pause on special education office: Members of the House Education Committee were cool Wednesday toward a proposal to start a new office of special education within the state Public Education Department.

House Bill 285, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson, D-Albuquerque, also calls for the governor to appoint the office's director — an idea some special education advocates said is troublesome because of the potential for turnover. 

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.