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January 19, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 2

The Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News (1/18) reports New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) and the state Department of Education “are pushing a new merit pay plan to reward exemplary teachers with bonuses of up to $10,000.” Under the plan, “teachers rated exemplary based on student test score growth will receive a $5,000 bonus, while exemplary secondary science, math and technology teachers will qualify for another $5,000 or $10,000 total.” 

“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.” - Franz Kafka (1883-1924), a German-speaking Jewish novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses elements of realism and fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt and absurdity.  

“In the past, I sponsored legislation to do this, but being the good Baptist that I am, I have repented.” – Delegate Ricky Moye, speaking against a proposed constitutional amendment to elect state school board members

“The question is not whether we’re going to politicize this process. The question is who’s in charge of it, politically speaking.” – Delegate Marshall Wilson, speaking in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment

“This bill has multiple subjects. It’s unconstitutional, and there’s a reason for the constitutional requirement that you consider one item at a time.” – Delegate Larry Rowe, speaking against a bill to eliminate the Department of Education and the Arts and make other changes in state government

“The real good news this year is that we’re requesting $20.4 million less than we requested last year, and that’s primarily due to declining enrollment.” – Supt. Steve Paine on the Department of Education’s budget request

“Previously, county boards were penalized if they did not employ the number of staff that were calculated based on the ratio. Now, even if the county board does not employ that level of staffing, they still receive the funding that they can use [in other ways].” – Amy Willard, executive director of school finance, on new budget flexibility for county school boards

“There are no easy ways to get around the fact that I think that mathematics teachers quite frankly don’t necessarily have the math content they need to be outstanding mathematics teachers. I think they understand instructional strategies, but I think they’re lacking in the math content.” – Supt. Steve Paine