Press Releases - 2003
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Dec 03
Public Education Commission to Discuss Roles, Duties
NMPED Approves MOU for Santa Clara Pueblo to Implement Native Language and Culture Program
$1.98 Million Allocated to 34 Public School DistrictsTo Improve Student Achievement Through Technology
Grants Support New Solutions to Classroom Access By Students with Disabilities
Secretary Garcia Accepts School Bus Safety Task Force Recommendations; Public Comment Sought
Education Secretary Garcia Receives Input from Rural Educators, Higher Education Leaders
Education Secretary Garcia Receives 2003 'Educator of the Year' Award
$7.7 Million Allocated to State's Public School Libraries For Acquisition of Books, Equipment and Resources
Education Secretary Garcia to Visit Constituents from T or C, Gadsden, Las Cruces and Alamogordo
Assistant Secretaries at NMPED Named
Majority of New Mexico's Core Academic Classes Are Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers
Nov 03
Public Education Department Awards $1.96 Million to Assist 14 Public School Districts with School Improvement
IDEA State Advisory Panel to Meet in Alamogordo
Secretary Garcia Shares 12-Point Entry Plan for Education
Governor Bill Richardson Addresses Public Education Commission
Secretary of Education Forms School Bus Safety Task Force
Gov. Richardson to Address Public Education Commission
Gov. Richardson Announces Penny Bird as New Assistant Secretary for Indian Education
Gov. Richardson Announces Veronica Garcia as New Mexico's First Secretary of Education
State's 2003 4th and 8th Grade NAEP Math Scores Rise While 2003 Reading Scores Remain Steady
Oct 03
Charter School Founder, Teacher Katarina Sandoval Honored with $25,000 Milken Educator Award
District Appeals of School Probationary Ratings Approved By Cabinet Secretary, Educational Standards Commission
Regional Forums to be Held on Future Direction of Career and Technical Education in New Mexico
New Mexico Educator to be Surprised with $25,000 Milken National Educator Award
GPA Education Task Force to Hold Kick-off Meeting Thursday at Workforce Training Center in Albuquerque
Public Education Commission Convenes First Meeting
Tribes, SDE to Meet October 22 in Taos at Government-to-Government Meeting
SBE Removes Norm-Referenced Testing from Grades 4 And 8,Adopts Instructional Materials for Language Arts
SDE to Hold Public Hearing on Accountability Rules
Governor Richardson Proclaims October 19-25 "School Bus Safety Week" in New Mexico
Governor Bill Richardson Announces the Governor’s Progress Agenda (G.P.A.) Outlines Process for Education Reform
SDE Invites Comments on Proposed Amendments To State Special Education Regulations
Dual Language Schools in New Mexico Video to Premiere On October 3 at Albuquerque High School
Sep 03
SBE to Consider Continued Inclusion of Grades 4 and 8 Norm-Referenced Testing in Accountability Program
More New Teachers Being Retained in New Mexico Schools
Focused Monitoring of Special Education in Espanola Scheduled to Begin on September 30
Teachers Advised to Save Receipts for Books, Supplies
Sidney Gutierrez Middle School Becomes First Charter To Receive Five-Year Extension
District Appeals of School Probationary Ratings to be Held
Governor Bill Richardson Appoints Search Committee to Find First Secretary of Education,
Begins Process to Transform Department of Education
National Quality in Education Conference To be Held in Albuquerque on November 6-9
Quality of Education Survey Shows Growing Parent Satisfaction with School Safety, Academic Expectations
SBE Announces Public Hearing on Textbook Adoption
State Superintendent Accepts Corrective Action Plans With Conditions for 42 Schools in 13 Districts
Sixty-Nine Percent of 10th Grade Students Pass High School Competency Examination
Capital Outlay Council Names 51 School Districts To Receive $84.7 Million for Buildings in 2003-2004
New Mexico’s TerraNova Results Show Incremental Gains; Students Exceed National Averages in Language, Reading
Dr. Ruby K. Payne to Present Free Seminar on Working with Students From Poverty
SBE Seeks Public Comment on Local Board Training Rule
New Science Standards Receive National, Local Praise
Aug 03
SBE Adopts New Science Standards, Licensure Regulations Needed to Implement Three-Tiered Licensure
SDE Receives $5.7 Million Grant to Support High-Quality Charter Schools
State Department of Education Schedules Hearings For 2003-2004 Corrective Action Schools
College-Bound Students Outperform Nation on SAT as Achievement Gap Widens for Indians and Blacks
Advanced Placement Continues to Rise in State As Participation Gap Closes for Minorities
Educational Standards Commission Seeks Charter School, Lay Members
SBE to Consider New Science Standards, Position on Constitutional Amendments for Special Election
New Mexico’s ACT English Scores Rise Slightly
SDE Announces Schools Required to Offer Supplemental Services to Eligible Children, Expands Providers’ List
Report Highlights Progress in Education from 1999-2003
SDE Awards $3.95 Million for Elementary Arts Programs
SDE Revises Six High School Ratings Across the State
SDE Awards $1.88 Million for Even Start Family Literacy
SDE Grants $1.76 Million for School-Age Care Programs
SDE Announces New Mexico’s 2003-2004 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Winners
SDE Announces 2003 Public School Ratings
Jul 03
SDE to Announce 2003 Public School Ratings On Monday, August 4, at 11:00 a.m. Media Briefing
SDE to Hold Media Briefing on New Ratings Methodology
State’s 8th Grade NAEP Writing Scores Remain Steady
Jun 03
Grants Announced for Comprehensive School Reform Program; 16 New Schools to Receive $53,000 Each
SBE Announces Statewide Public Hearing Schedule on Three-Tiered Licensure System
SDE Invites Proposals for Service Learning Program
SBE Releases Three-Tiered Performance-Based Licensure System for Public Comment
Nonpublic Schools Commission to Meet on July 3
New Mexico’s 4th, 8th Grade NAEP Scores Remain Steady
SBE Votes in Support of Permanent School Fund Amendment; Approves New Accreditation Process
State Superintendent Recommends Coorective Action Modifications for 2003-2004
SBE to Honor SDE, DVR Employee Service
SDE Invites Plans for Elementary Arts Programs
SDE Expands Funding for Full-Day Kindergarten Pilot
May 03
SDE Announces $5.599 Million in 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants
SDE Posts Draft Science Standards on Web for Comment
SDE Announces $2.408 Million in IDEA and Technology Grant Awards
SBE to Consider New Accreditation Process, Hear Recommended Corrective Action Modifications, in June
New Mexico Exceeds National Averages in Student Access to Technology
SDE Posts May Corrective Action Reports on Web Site
2002-2003 New Mexico Scholars Selected From Throughout New Mexico
U.S. Department of Education Approves Accountability Plan
SDE Approves 78 New Full-Day Kindergarten Literacy Readiness Programs for 2003-2004
U.S. Department of Education to Make Announcement Today at 1:00 p.m. on State Accountability Plan
SDE Announces $6.71 Million in Reading First Awards
Educational Standards Commission Seeks Members
SDE to Hold Public Hearings on Accountability, Licensure Rules, Native Language and Culture License 
Apr 03
SDE to Hold Workshops to Gather Input On Options for High School Reform
Tribes, SDE, SBE and Legislators to Meet April 30 At Government-to-Government Meeting; Governor Richardson Invited to Speak
SDE Sets 2003-2004 Unit Value at $2,977.23
SDE Releases 'Quick Stats' on Education in New Mexico
New Mexico's Milken Recipients to Receive $25,000 Awards At National Education Conference in Los Angeles
SDE Posts April Corrective Action Reports on Web Site
NCLB, Legislative Changes to Impact Teacher Licensure
MacArthur Elementary Recognized as 'School on the Rise'
SBE Elects Del Archuleta as President, Modifies Methodology For Rating Schools in 2003-2004
Albuquerque Job Corps Approved to Grant High School Diplomas
New Mexico's Public Schools See Decline in Incidents of Violence, Gang Activities
Teacher Recognized as Field Trainer of the Year
SBE to Consider Methodology for Rating Schools in 2003
Mar 03
SDE to Hold Workshops to Gather Input On Options for High School Reform
Senate Confirms Five Gubernatorial Appointees To State Board of Education
SDE Posts March Corrective Action Reports on Web Site
SDE Requests Proposals from Contractors on Supplemental Educational Services for Eligible Children
SDE Requests Proposals from Contractors on New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment
Feb 03
Bilingual Education Day to be held Thursday at Legislature
Charter Schools Day to be Held Monday at Legislature
SDE Extends Standards-Based Assessment (SBA) Spring Testing Window to April 18, 2003
SDE Posts February Corrective Action Reports on Web Site
'Career Technical Day,' 'Apprenticeship Day' and Adult Basic Education Day' at the Legislature FRIDAY
Ten Schools Honored at 'Education on the Rise Day' For Concrete Improvements in Student Performance
Agenda for 'Education on the Rise' News Conference, Honoring 10 Schools, Tomorrow at State Capitol
'Education on the Rise Day' Proclaimed for February 13
Government, Business, Education and Community Leaders CAll for Legislators to Fund Education First
Education First Day, February 6, in Santa Fe, Focuses on K-12 Education Progress and Funding in New Mexico
SDE Submits Accountability Plan to Education Department
Education Partners Calls for Critical Changes to Funding Formula, Offers Support to HB 3, Education Appropriation Act.
Jan 03
SDE Announces 2002-2003 Change in Unit Value
Education Partners to Hold News Conference, "Consensus Agenda," on Monday, February 3, 11:00 a.m., in Capitol Rotunda
Education Partners to Hold News Conference, "Consensus Agenda," on Monday, February 3, 11:00 a.m., in Capitol Rotunda
SBE Maintains Position on Public School Governance, Will Not Oppose Vote on Governance Change
SDE Names Director for Assessment and Evaluation 
SDE Releases List of 'High-Improving' Schools, Including $1.839 Million in Incentive Award Funding
State Department of Education Awards $1.74 Million to Assist 17 Public School Districts with School Improvement
Nonpublic Schools Commission to Meet on January 17  
SDE to Announce High-Improving Schools on January 22
SDE Posts January Corrective Action Reports on Web Site
Quality Counts 2003 Gives New Mexico Top Rating For Equity of Public School Financing