TV technology to teach Tucumcari

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By Angela Peacock Earning college credits by staying home and watching television is soon to be an option for Tucumcari residents. Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry was recently granted permission by Tucumcari City Commissioners to manage and operate an educational television station, which the city technically owns through their contract with Comcast Cable, the […]

Rep. Udall fights for student aid

By Angela Peacock U.S. Representative Tom Udall is working to prevent the U.S. Department of Education from cutting back on key higher education grants and work studies programs. Udall recently signed a letter to members of the conference committee reviewing the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, urging Congress to retain a Senate passed provision that would restore […]

‘No’ is the right vote Tuesday

Freedom Newspaper Editorial Tuesday’s vote on Amendments 1 and 2 deserve no votes from you. They are the result of hurried legislation drafted under pressure from state leaders who believe they know best how to improve New Mexico’s public schools. Yes votes would give state leaders, including the governor, control of our public schools’ $2 […]

Teacher’s-aide says vote ‘yes’ on both amendments

Letter to the editor By now, most citizens of Quay County are aware of the special election coming up on Tuesday. As a teachers-aide of 27 years in Tucumcari and as a grandparent of six grandchildren in the schools, I am asking the voting citizens of our county to please for passage of the two […]

Amendment 2 won’t solve New Mexico’s education problems

Letter to the editor On September 23, New Mexicans will be asked to approve a funding scheme to pay for so-called public school reforms. Constitutional Amendment 2 is risky and will most certainly jeopardize an endowment created more than 100 years ago with the idea in mind that it would serve as a reliable source […]

Special election still a toss up

By Angela Peacock With only six days until the Sept. 23 statewide special election Quay County educators share mixed beliefs about voting to approve the two educational amendments. Voting “yes” on the amendments isn’t even a question for Tucumcari Elementary School teachers Martha O’Rear, Ruth Ann Litchfield and Norrie Maciel. They all believe Amendment One […]

New Mexicans must protect the land grant permanent fund

Letter to the Editor On September 23, New Mexicans will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment to increase distributions from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for a comprehensive education reform bill passed earlier this year by the Legislature. While I respect Gov. Richardson, and support his policies on economic development, tax […]

Voting ‘yes’ will provide needed funding

Letter to the Editor What does Republican Senator Domenici have in common with Democrat Senator Jeff Bingaman, Governor Bill Richardson, business leaders, former Governor Garry Carruthers, and public school employees and parents? They all agree that we New Mexicans should invest our Permanent School Fund money where it is needed; where it was intended….in our […]

Voters undecided as poll time approaches

By Ryan Lengerich For many Quay County parents, the Sept. 23 statewide special election vote will be a poll-time decision. But whatever they choose in the end, most agree the issues are important. Since early voting began, 118 votes have been made in person and 55 votes have been sent by mail. Those numbers are […]

Beware more state control of our schools

Gov. Bill Richardson explains his education vision with a passion befitting a master politician. He’s stumped throughout the state in recent weeks to ask New Mexicans to allow him to show us all how to put our public schools on the right path to producing better-prepared children — at no extra cost. To do that, […]