PRESS RELEASE - October 19, 2004
Office of The Governor
Capitol Bldg., 4th Floor
Santa Fe, NM 87503

Gilbert Gallegos
(505) 476-2217

Governor Bill Richardson to highlight education agenda
In eight New Mexico communities

SANTA FE- Governor Bill Richardson will outline his education agenda for the 2005 legislative session during visits to eight New Mexico communities on Wednesday and Thursday.

Governor Richardson will announce a responsible plan for expanding the popular Lottery Scholarship program. He will also highlight several other initiatives meant to improve New Mexico’s higher education system, including a plan to link state funding to graduating more students.

Governor Richardson will also unveil new initiatives that will build on efforts to improve New Mexico’s public schools- so students are prepared to succeed in college. The Governor will discuss ideas for getting high-quality teachers into struggling schools, tackle health and obesity in schools, and propose new ideas to help charter schools and home school students.

The Governor’s schedule for the education announcements is as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Espanola
· Location:
Northern New Mexico Community College, Center for the Arts

12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Taos
· Location:
Taos Branch of UNM, Rio Grande Hall - room C &D
115 Civic Plaza Drive

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Las Vegas
· Location:
Highlands University, Donnelly Library room 145

6:00 - 6:40 p.m. Portales
· Location:
Eastern New Mexico University, Buchanan Hall

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Hobbs
· Location:
New Mexico Junior College, Watson Hall

11:30 - 12:15 p.m. Las Cruces
· Location:
New Mexico State University, Corbett Center, Colfax Room 210

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Silver City
· Location:
Western New Mexico University, Bessy Ford Auditorium

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Albuquerque
· Location:
University of New Mexico