(Note: This week’s BetterBurque does Duke City Fix post gets Scot back in the mire that is New Mexico K-12 Education. Haz Mat suits are recommended.) Today is Day Five of the year in most Albuquerque Public Schools. As a former APS teacher, I say Happy Day Five, Folks! It is also roughly Day… Read More BB at Duke City Fix, 8.17.16: NM PED Follies
After extensive planning (and noted here a few weeks back), Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development (the road people) has announced bike improvements on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard from University Avenue to Broadway Boulevard. This is a big deal. Traffic and other aspects of MLK make it a favorite East/West route to/from downtown and UNM for… Read More Burque Goes Green and Turns Danish
It happens. You’re so busy trying to sell PARCC to another state, or desperately trying to not lose yet another state as client. Or you’re off at another “Chiefs for Change” conference, trying to stay as nationally visible, just in case, Just. In. Case., a Republican takes the White House. Or maybe it seems that… Read More Refreshing Hanna Skandera’s Memory: “Paraging” the PARCC
Your humble blogposter used to write almost exclusively about public K-12 education in New Mexico, but it became, for me, at least a tiny bit like that last scene of Polanski’s “Chinatown.” No, it didn’t include anybody getting shot and wasn’t filmed on rain-slicked streets in an Art Deco Los Angeles. Yet the famous last… Read More Jack Nicholson, Hanna Skandera and the Case of the $18m APS Shortfall
Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) District 2 Board Member, Peggy Muller-Aragón last night regarding those seeking a federally-mandated transgender bathroom/locker room policy: “Anyone who wants to compare this to the civil rights movement is plain ignorant,” she said. “No one is being denied a stool in the lunch room, denied a hotel room, denied a seat… Read More Want Evidence We Need More Turnout in School Board Elections?
The New Mexico Legislature is wrapping up a frustrating session at Noon today, one held amidst downward spiraling revenues and inexorable Governor opposition to revenue enhancement (higher taxes). Despite all the doom, gloom and lack of compromising room, there are capital outlay projects that have survived, at least to this point, in the session. Here’s… Read More *Security Camera Lightning in a Time of Educational Funding Drought
Ever year, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) puts together and publishes analysis of proposed legislation having anything to do with education in the state. In recent years, these analyses have been available online and provide something of a glimpse not only into what PED itself thinks of legislative ideas, but insight into its policy… Read More NM Capital Outlay Reform and Schools: Let’s Play “What If?”