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December 2007

December 21, 2007
58 New Mexico Public School Students Qualify as National Merit Semifinalists
With Los Alamos High leading the way, a total of 21 high schools from 11 districts had students qualify for the national honor. Los Alamos had the most with 11 semifinalists. Albuquerque’s Eldorado High was next with six while Albuquerque High, La Cueva High and Sandia High had five each
List of semifinalists

December 20, 2007
16 New Mexico High Schools Named Among “America’s Best High Schools” by U.S. News & World Report
Sixteen New Mexico high schools received silver or bronze awards for ranking among the nation’s top high schools according to the 2008 U.S. News & World Report America’s Best High Schools”

NM Public Education Department Welcomes Dr. Tim Snyder: Recipient of Prestigious CASB 2007 State Leadership Award
Santa Fe, NM — Dr. Tim Snyder, recently named New Mexico’s Innovative Digital Education And Learning (IDEAL-NM) Statewide Cyber Academy Principal, last month received the 2007 State Leadership Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB)

December 19, 2007
Cottonwood Classical Preparatory Charter School Approved by Secretary of Education
(Santa Fe, NM) New Mexico Education Secretary Veronica C. García approved, with conditions, the Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School in Albuquerque as the second state authorized charter school that will be supervised by the New Mexico Public Education Commission (PEC), in their new role as state charter school authorizer

December 17, 2007
Congratulations to New Mexico Teacher of the Year: Denise Cannon
Denise Cannon works as an Academic Coach for the Los Lunas Public Schools and has taught for 16 years in grades 3 through 5

December 13, 2007
New Mexico Ranks First in the Nation for School Breakfast Program
(Santa Fe, NM) — Secretary of Education Veronica C. García announced today that New Mexico is the first state in the nation to have the highest number of low income children eating free and reduced-price breakfasts at school. 

NM Public Education Department and POD Inc. Win 2007 NMITSA Award for Best Solution -Custom Software
Santa Fe, NM — The Public Education Department (PED) and POD Inc. last month received the 2007 Information Technology Award for Best Solution – Custom Software from New Mexico Information Technology & Software Associates (NMITSA)

December 7, 2007
74 New Mexico Teachers Achieve National Board Certification® : State Ranks 20th Nationally in 2007 Results
(Santa Fe, NM) — The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced Tuesday that teaching quality in New Mexico classrooms made a substantial gain in 2007 with 74 state teachers achieving National Board Certification
List of New Mexico's newly certified teachers

December 6, 2007
Gadsden Elementary Project Provides All Third Graders in
New Mexico With Rudolfo Anaya’s Santero’s Miracle

(Santa Fe, NM)— All third graders in the state will receive a copy of New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya’s new children’s book Santero’s Miracle courtesy of the “Love 4 Reading” program

December 4, 2007
Public Education Department Announces January 2, 2008 Deadline for Establishing New Charter Schools
(Santa Fe, NM)The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) announced today that all potential applicants for new charter schools must provide written notification that declares their intent to file an application to open a new charter school in New Mexico in the next fiscal year on or before January 2, 2008

December 3, 2007
Public Education Commission Schedules December Meetings
(Santa Fe, NM)The Public Education Commission (PEC) scheduled meetings for December 13 and 14, 2007

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