Hiring Freeze Enacted For Most State Jobs
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Pete Domenici is back!
Lobo men's hoopsters beat Abilene Christian by nine.
A Las Cruces woman allegedly attacked her boyfriend with a chainsaw.
A man from Albuquerque died in Califas.
State Game and Fish officers nabbed an alleged poacher.
Hanna Skandera likes Betty DeVos.
There was a deadly police chase near Clovis.
As the Facebook Data Center in Valencia County begins construction, issues have arisen regarding the hiring of local subcontractors and laborers.
Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez was found guilty of "gross immorality."
Mountainair's only grocery store closed in April, but is set to reopen before Christmas.
A member of the Breitbart News editorial team will speak at UNM in January.
When humans vacate the state of Oklahoma, they rarely land in the land of enchantment.
New Mexico is among five US states with the highest rates of death from opioid overdose.
The US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a claim of pay discrimination claim emanating from New Mexico.
Un Burqueño caught a rainbow trout at Tingley Beach, while fly-fishing with an egg pattern.
State gets near-failing grade for corruption
Our lawmakers have made some recent strides in opening up government and tackling a historical lack of political ethics. And we still have a long, long way to go. The State Integrity Investigation published last month made that painfully clear.
The report sponsors assembled journalists nationwide to gather information on "laws and practices that deter corruption and promote accountability and openness." New Mexico scored a D- (Hanna Skandera, state secretary of public education, must be appalled) and an overall ranking of 39.
Not a single state in the country scored an A. And even the states ranking highest have seen their share of malfeasance. The investigation website reports that New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Lorretta Weinberg laughed when asked about her state's top ranking, saying, "If we're number one, I feel bad for the rest of the states."
Big kudos to Gwyneth Doland, newly-minted executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, who assembled all the information for our state report. Her "story behind the score" is well worth checking out.
Grading schools and teachers
In this week’s issue, longtime Alibi contributor and State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, wrote about the great teacher debate rampaging across the country. How do we improve our schools?
Some folks—like New Mexico’s public education secretary, Hanna Skandera—want to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores. This is being explored in various school districts nationwide. In some cases, teacher pay is determined by how well students do on standardized tests.
The details of how this would work in New Mexico haven’t yet been unveiled. But Ortiz y Pino predicts we’ll hear more about it during the legislative session, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
In the meantime, the state graded all our schools. It’s not looking good. There are more Fs than As:
Look up specific schools here.