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SOUL charter school lands in Solana Beach
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Jul 25, 7:34 AM: The San Dieguito Union High School District’s first charter school, the School of Universal Learning (SOUL), has finally found its home. SOUL will open for its first day of school on Aug. 29 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito >
Teachers union lawsuit against PED delayed
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Jul 24, 7:20 AM: A union lawsuit alleging that the state’s teacher evaluation system is unfair and inaccurate will not go to trial in October as scheduled. First Judicial District Court Judge David Thomson granted the New Mexico Public Education >
Expert: NM teacher evals are toughest in the nation
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Jul 7, 7:34 AM: New Mexico rated more than twice as many teachers below effective than any other state in a 24-state study conducted by a Brown University economist who studies teacher evaluation systems across the country.
Education plan draws criticism from state legislators
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Jun 16, 7:48 AM: Democratic state lawmakers raised concerns Thursday about New Mexico’s plan to implement a new federal education law, questioning some of the ambitious goals outlined in the document and the lack of details on how the state will pay >
Skandera stepping down as education chief
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Jun 8, 7:18 AM: After nearly seven years on the job, New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is stepping down.
National teachers union president sounds off
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May 25, 6:25 AM: The American Federation of Teachers’ president characterized Gov. Susana Martinez and Education Secretary Hanna Skandera as relentless opponents of public education who attack unions to deflect attention away from their own >
Skandera lays into teachers unions during speech
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May 16, 6:20 AM: New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera blasted teachers unions Monday, calling them a well-funded “entrenched political establishment” that holds back progress and advocates for adults over children.
Rio Rancho Public Schools may appeal ruling on charter school
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May 9, 6:17 AM: After four years in court, Rio Rancho Public Schools lost a lawsuit it filed to stop a top-performing charter school from opening at University of New Mexico West, but the district superintendent said she hopes to appeal.
School celebrates service milestone
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May 8, 6:56 AM: Amy Biehl High School in Albuquerque recently celebrated a milestone of 100,000 hours of community service completed since its founding in 2000. Aside from being the first charter school in the state, ABHS was the first school in >
Teachers unions, APS slam NM’s education plan
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Apr 12, 6:59 AM: New Mexico has submitted a federally required plan to the U.S. Department of Education that will guide policy for years, though teachers unions and Albuquerque Public Schools were critical of its mandates.
Bill would exempt Hutchinson charter schools from property tax
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Mar 27, 5:43 AM: Charter schools renting land would receive property tax exemption in a bill introduced by local lawmakers this month, but it may not move forward this session.
New Mexico Charter School System Plagued By Governance Issues
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Mar 23, 5:46 AM: Education Secretary Hanna Skandera has been a champion of charter schools, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure. This session they proposed several reforms to New Mexico’s charter school system, which continues to be plagued by a lack >
State auditor questions high admin salaries at Albuquerque charter school
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Mar 22, 6:44 AM: On its website, the GREAT Academy Charter claims to be a great opportunity for students, but Public Education Department data reveals it has possibly the greatest gap between administrative and teacher pay in the state.
JMA wants new policy for enrollment lottery
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Mar 20, 6:40 AM: Jefferson Montessori Academy is considering pushing back the final enrollment lottery draw of the year beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.
More than 1,500 join 11th-hour protest of education cuts
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Mar 17, 6:41 AM: More than 1,500 Santa Fe teachers, parents and students gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon to make a plea to Gov. Susana Martinez and state legislators for a balanced a budget that doesn’t cripple New Mexico’s >
Troubled charter school says commission heard false testimony
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Mar 7, 7:37 AM: La Promesa Early Learning Center claims a PED deputy secretary made “many false, disparaging and defaming statements” during a recent Public Education Commission meeting, which swayed a 5-3 vote to move forward with a charter >
Proposed charter school ban fails on tie vote in NM House
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Mar 3, 6:39 AM: A proposal to halt approval of new charter schools in New Mexico failed on a tie vote in the state House late Thursday. The proposal was blocked 34-34, with Democrats largely in favor and Republicans opposed.
New Mexico School for the Arts seeks additional $15M to overhaul Sanbusco
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Mar 2, 7:05 AM: The leaders of the state-chartered New Mexico School for the Arts have raised about half of the $30 million they need to renovate and remodel a nearly vacant Railyard shopping center into a new campus by summer 2018.
APS board throws lifeline to charter school targeted for closure
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Feb 28, 7:36 AM: On Monday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to allow district administrators to negotiate a one-year contract with the charter middle school.
Moratorium on charter schools heads to full House
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Feb 28, 6:18 AM: A committee voted along party lines Feb. 25 to temporarily halt the creation of any new charter schools, sending the moratorium to a vote in the full House of Representatives.

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