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In Brief - Education - Feb. 8, 2013

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Rio Rancho teacher accused of child abuse

Police say a Rio Rancho Middle School teacher accused of grabbing two students by the arm and collar during a science class has been arrested on two counts of child abuse.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that 45-year-old Ken Boyd is accused of grabbing a boy who was in the sixth grade by his collar, pushing him backward into a table and yelling at him.
Authorities say Boyd then dismissed the class except for the boy, turned off the lights and closed the classroom door.
An arrest warrant for Boyd says officers questioned a second boy who said Boyd grabbed him by the arm with one hand and by the back of the neck with the other before pushing the boy to the ground.
Boyd is on paid administrative leave.

Lottery reports increase in sales, winnings

Officials with the New Mexico Lottery say the last half of 2012 saw an increase in net sales of $7 million.
Lottery figures released this week show sales between July 1 and Dec. 31 totaled nearly $70 million. That’s an 11 percent increase from the same period the year before.
Officials say players also won more during the period. Winnings increased from $28.4 million in the first half of the previous fiscal year to more than $31 million.
Mid-year profits for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program also increased to just over $21 million.
The lottery’s goal is to sell $135 million in tickets and raise more than $40 million for the scholarship program by June 30, which is the end of the fiscal year.

Six NM students visit Poland for mock trials

Six New Mexico high school students recently joined students from Germany, Poland and Israel in international mock trials on war crimes.
The New Mexico Human Rights Projects helped bring the students last month to Krzyzowa, Poland for the mock trials in the Model International Criminal Court. The group says students took on the roles of judges, prosecutors, defenders and observing journalists in three historical war crime cases.