December 3, 2015

President Obama on the Shooting in San Bernardino -- The White House Blog

President Obama speaks about the shooting in San Bernardino, California. After meeting with his national security team, the President spoke further about the shooting in San Bernardino today in the Oval Office.-- 12/3/2015

Judge suspends penalties linked to state’s teacher eval system -- Santa Fe New Mexican

A Santa Fe judge struck a blow against the state’s contentious teacher evaluation system Wednesday, temporarily halting provisions that would punish teachers for poor scores until a trial can determine whether the rating system is valid.

The 70-page ruling by state District Judge David Thomson focused primarily on the complicated combination of student test scores used to judge teachers. The ruling prevents the Public Education Department from denying teachers licensure advancement or renewal, and it strikes down a requirement that poorly performing teachers be placed on growth plans. -- 12/3/2015


Governor proposes ‘rapid workforce development fund’ -- Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Susana Martinez announced a new legislative initiative on Tuesday to create a $1.25 million rapid workforce development fund for companies to quickly find trained employees in specialized areas.

The money, which Martinez will request in the legislative session that starts in January, would finance training for workers in targeted fields to help new companies and existing ones that want to grow.

“The fund would help create technology certificate programs and other training to quickly provide employees for a company looking to grow or expand in New Mexico or to come here to set up operations,” Martinez said at a news conference at Central New Mexico Community College’s Workforce Development Training Center in Albuquerque. -- 12/1/2015