New Mexico


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PED rejects APS plans for three failing schools
Mar 22, 5:05 AM: Albuquerque Public Schools’ plans to turn around its worst-performing schools were denied by the New Mexico Public Education Department, but the state agency is giving APS one more chance to resubmit.
Governor says she’ll sign teacher pay raise
Mar 6, 7:37 AM: Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday she will sign Senate Bill 119, increasing the minimum salaries for teachers, with the lowest level of pay rising from $34,000 a year to $36,000.
Future of Turquoise Trail charter school still in limbo
Feb 21, 7:54 AM: After threatening legal action if the school district tries to force Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School to move, the head of the school’s governing board told Santa Fe school board members Tuesday that he wants to >
‘A unique education’ at charter schools
Jan 29, 7:31 AM: Hundreds of charter school students, parents, teachers and activists gathered at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday to celebrate National School Choice Week – “the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity >
Cottonwood Classic happy with move to APS charter authorization
Jan 23, 7:32 AM: The executive director of one of New Mexico’s highest-performing schools recently opted to not seek renewal of his charter from the state, citing a sometimes combative relationship with the Public Education Department. >
AIMS renews effort to open campus in Rio Rancho
Jan 12, 6:46 AM: The Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science, the state’s top-ranked school, is making another attempt to open a location in Rio Rancho.
Two new ABQ charter schools to open
Dec 27, 6:49 AM: Two new Albuquerque charter schools are scheduled to open this summer — both targeting low-income families who want rigorous academics.
Taos International School loses charter
Dec 27, 6:10 AM: Pending a possible appeal, the Taos International School’s charter will not be renewed by the New Mexico Public Education Commission for the next school year, and the school may be looking at closing after its short 4-year >
Study urges state to have stricter oversight of online schools
Dec 20, 7:05 AM: New Mexico’s three major virtual charter schools are academically failing their students and spending at least half of their collective budgets paying the out-of-state, private companies that provide curriculum and other >
APS to post school transfer applications
Dec 20, 6:39 AM: Albuquerque Public Schools will post transfer applications online Jan. 1 for families that would like to send their children to schools outside their assigned attendance area.
New Mexico weighs options as online schools falter
Dec 20, 6:02 AM: New Mexico state lawmakers expressed dismay at lagging academic results and spending practices at online charter schools on Tuesday, as education regulators seek to de-authorize the state’s largest school devoted to >
Commission rejects online charter school’s renewal request
Dec 19, 6:19 AM: A state commission says the Santa Fe-based New Mexico Connections Academy, the state’s largest online charter school, should not have its charter renewed.
School board votes to limit interzone transfers to south-side schools
Dec 14, 7:38 AM: The lopsided nature of student enrollment in Santa Fe — it’s packed in some of the schools on the south side but lighter almost everywhere else — has prompted the school board to stop any interzone transfers to a pair of >
APS backs charter authorization to three vocational high schools
Dec 14, 6:59 AM: Three vocational high schools received unanimous support for charter authorization from an Albuquerque Public Schools board committee on Wednesday, despite the Public Education Department’s opposition. >
PED chief reaffirms value of charter school option
Dec 11, 7:33 AM: New Mexico Public Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski touted school choice as “quintessentially American” on Saturday during the Charter School Coalition’s annual conference in Albuquerque. >
Polaris Charter School proposal draws crowd
Dec 7, 6:30 AM: Organizers of a proposed charter school for middle school-age students in Los Alamos welcomed more than 100 people to an introductory reception Friday night at Fuller Lodge.
School hailed as example of excellence
Dec 6, 7:20 AM: Mission Achievement and Success has earned three straight A grades from PED despite serving a high percentage of low-income and minority students. In November, the Public Education Commission voted to allow MAS to open a >
Straight-A charter school gets approval to expand to second site
Nov 28, 7:26 AM: Besides pushing to close low-performing charter schools, the state Public Education Department is also leading a charge to replicate top charter schools and launch new high-quality institutions.
Four low-performing state charter schools turn to APS
Nov 28, 7:09 AM: Four low-performing state charter schools are seeking reauthorization from Albuquerque Public Schools after learning that the New Mexico Public Education Department “would likely be recommending non-renewal” – essentially >
Grassroots political group’s video blasts RRPS, backs AIMS charter
Nov 6, 6:51 AM: A grassroots political organization has posted a scathing video criticizing Rio Rancho Public Schools for fighting the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science’s attempts to open a location in the district. >



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