From The Associated Press
Compacts in the works for schools
SANTA FE — Santa Fe’s public school system is moving to set new performance goals and transparency standards and for its four charter schools, a move that’s surprised some of the schools’ operators.
The planned compacts would be customized for each school and be used in the process of renewing charters for the schools in 2015.
Under the state’s A-through-F grading system for schools, one of the district’s two charter schools got A grades, one received a C and the fourth got an F.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that school representatives who appeared at the school district board’s meeting Tuesday generally voiced support for greater accountability.
But they also said they just heard about the plans for compact.
UNM to revamp teacher program
ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico plans to revamp its College of Education, and there will be somebody new at the helm as that takes place.
Dean Richard Howell is stepping down as dean to take a sabbatical before he returns to the university in another capacity. Former Dean Viola Florez will be interim dean while a national search is conducted for a replacement.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Provost Chaouki Abdallah says planned changes include expanding a student teaching program, increasing graduate level research and specializing in certain areas.
Abdallah says the university wants to bring in fresh blood to lead the college as it launches a multiyear push to improve teacher education.
He says the university is responding to a legislative report that called for improvements.
Iglesias to give WNMU speech
SILVER CITY — Captain David C. Iglesias, a former New Mexico U.S. attorney and a prosecutor in the case that inspired the movie “A Few Good Men,” will give the commencement address at Western New Mexico University on Friday.
Iglesias was one of eight U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush Administration in 2006 in cases the Inspector General later deemed to be politically motivated.
He is now with the Office of Military Commissions in Washington, D.C., part of a special prosecution team for Guantanamo detainees.
Born in Panama, Iglesias graduated from Santa Fe High School and graduated from the University of New Mexico Law School.
After law school he became a Navy judge advocate general who defended court-martialed sailors at the Cuban naval base, including a case that became the basis for the Tom Cruise movie, “A Few Good Men.”
Colleges launch partnership
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The University of Alabama Birmingham has launched a partnership with four community colleges allowing students who earn an associate’s degree automatic admission to UAB and a $2,000 per year scholarship.
AL.com reports UAB President Ray Watts announced the partnership Wednesday with leaders from Gadsden State, Jefferson State, Lawson State and Wallace State-Hanceville.
Officials say students participating in the program will have access to UAB facilities and staff — including counselors at the four community colleges who will help get students ready to transition to UAB during their junior year.
Watts says the partnership will make students more competitive in the global economy and 75 students have already accepted offers to participate in the program when it launches in the fall.
Frats suspended for hazing
VESTAL, N.Y. — Three fraternities at Binghamton University have been suspended and three others have been given warnings or placed on disciplinary probation for hazing.
The Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports two of the frats were suspended until 2018 for multiple infractions, including hazing. A third was suspended until 2014 after being found responsible for hazing while already on final probation.
The suspended frats can’t hold meetings, participate in frat activities or recruit members.
Officials say the three other frats that were sanctioned include an organization that took in new members who weren’t students at the school.