There’s an educational issue that’s neither flattering nor comfortable to confront. That’s the low academic quality of so many teachers. It’s an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we’re to improve the quality of education. Most states require prospective teachers to pass a certification test. How about a sample of some of the test questions. (for more, cont. reading..)
A decomposed body found early in the year is now being investigated as a homicide, bringing to 75 the total number of homicides in the city of Albuquerque as 2017 winds down, according to police.
New Mexico still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, according to U.S. Department of Labor figures released Friday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the state’s November jobless rate was 6.1 percent, the same as October. A year ago, it was 6.7 percent. New Mexico’s unemployment was higher than all other states except Alaska, which continued to have the country’s worst unemployment rate at 7.2 percent. The District of Columbia’s rate, 6.4 percent, was between that of New Mexico and Alaska.
The Labor Department releases its November employment report Friday. Economists surveyed by the Journal expect employers added 195,000 jobs and see the unemployment rate holding steady at 4.1%
New Mexico’s high school graduation rate reached a record high in 2016 but was still second-worst in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. Seventy-one percent of New Mexico students earned a cap and gown in 2016, just ahead of Washington, D.C., at 69 percent. Nationally, the 2016 graduation rate hit a record 84 percent, and top-performing states Iowa and New Jersey surpassed 90 percent.
The state has missed out on some great employment opportunitues because other competitors had a "larger labor pool," as was the case in April when Hulu announced it had chosen San Antonio as the winner of one of its new facilities. Others, like Tesla Motors, chose to plunk its $5 billion gigafactory in Nevada over New Mexico because the former offered $1.3 billion in tax incentives. Mayor Richard Berry previously told Albuquerque Business First the city was willing to add up to $30 million of its own money to help land the factory, which will create 16,000 jobs.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — The Los Alamos Public Schools board is facing heat for over a proposal aimed at protecting immigrant students amid fears of increased federal immigration enforcement. The proposed resolution calls for school employees not to keep any records showing that information after admission.
If you believe illegal immigration isn't a problem for citizens, both natural and naturalized, think again. Of the 267 MS-13 gang members arrested in Operation Raging Bull, 16 were citizens, while the other 198 were foreign nationals. Only five of the foreign nationals had legal status. Sixty-four of those crossed the border illegally as unaccompanied alien children. MS-13 has more than 10,000 members across 40 states, and is one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the United States today.
Suspension rates have plummeted, and every time the numbers go down, social-justice activists celebrate. This would be a happy story if schools were as safe as ever. But if they’re getting less safe, then activists are cheering on a twisted tragedy.
With New Mexico’s decades-old reliance on massive coal-fired generating plants winding down, Public Service Company of New Mexico is facing a prolonged battle with local groups over the future of the state’s electric grid. The company filed a new “integrated resource plan,” or IRP, with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission last summer that calls for shutting down the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington by 2022, and pulling out of the nearby Four Corners Power Plant by 2031. It proposes replacing nearly 700 megawatts of lost coal-fired generation from those plants with a lot more natural gas, nuclear power and renewables like solar and wind.