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PRESS RELEASE

October 2, 2002

State Superintendent Issues Notice of Deficiencies
To Cuba Board of Education

(Santa Fe, NM)- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis today issued a notification of deficiencies to the Cuba Independent Schools that he said indicates the district's failure to demonstrate "sustainable progress" in providing systematic and effective financial and programmatic administration and improved student learning. Some of the deficiencies date to November 1999.

"The local board has ultimate responsibility for improving performance in all the schools within its district. On a continuing basis, directives from the New Mexico State Department of Education were not implemented and evidence was not provided regarding continuing areas of noncompliance," he said.

State Superintendent Davis grouped the deficiencies into several areas, including financial and budgetary issues, accreditation issues, Educational Plans for Student Success (EPSS) issues, state standards and local curriculum issues, teacher evaluation issues, Bilingual Education issues, Indian Education issues, student nutrition issues and transportation issues.

On September 20, 2002, the New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) approved State Superintendent Davis' recommendation to withdraw his proposed suspension of the local board's authority over Cuba High that had been commenced pursuant to the SBE's corrective action regulation.

Under the process contained in the Public School Code, the Cuba schools has until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2002, to comply with State Superintendent Davis' requirements as outlined in the letter or submit satisfactory plans to meet the requirements.

Based on the response to the deficiency letter, State Superintendent Davis has several options and will notify the SBE of those options at its November 20-22 meeting. Those options are located in New Mexico Statute 22-2-14, either Subsections B, C or D.
The full text of State Superintendent Davis' notification and New Mexico Statute 22-2-14 are available on the SDE's web page, attached to this news release, under "SDE Breaking News" at www.ped.state.nm.us.


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