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Education

  • In Brief - Education - Feb. 22, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Indiana teacher placed on leave

    FARMERSBURG, Ind. — An Indiana school district reeling from the uproar over a teacher’s comments that she believes gays have no purpose in life suspended the woman Wednesday.

  • $45K awarded to Jauregui

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University forestry major Juan Jauregui received a $45,000 scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    This is the first scholarship awarded at Highlands as part of a $300,000 USDA grant the university garnered in 2012 to establish a cutting-edge geospatial technology lab for advanced map making. The lab opened in January.

  • School district sued over yoga

    By Julie Watson
    Associated Press Writer

    SAN DIEGO — An attorney representing a family bent out of shape over a public school yoga program in the beach city of Encinitas filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop the district-wide classes.

    In the lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court, attorney Dean Broyles argued that the twice weekly, 30-minute classes are inherently religious, in violation of the separation between church and state.

  • FFA takes top spot in tournament

    By Allison Martinez
    Las Vegas FFA Reporter

    Two of the Las Vegas FFA Parliamentary Procedure teams recently traveled to Phoenix to compete at the Josh Morgan Memorial Parliamentary Procedure Tournament.

    The Las Vegas FFA senior team placed first at the tournament. The team consisted of Luke Romero, Clay Prieskorn, Manny Villanueva, Ramos Aragon, Tabitha Sanchez and Sharissa Higgins.

  • LCC students make vice president’s honor roll

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College announced its Fall 2012 Vice President’s Honor Roll.  Inclusion on the Vice President’s Honor Roll requires students to successfully complete, without incomplete grades included, a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with at least a 3.660 GPA. Graded credit hours do not include S/U graded courses, audits or credit by exam.  

    The 2012 Vice President’s Honor Roll students are:

  • Slain educators to be honored for bravery

    By John Christoffersen and Pat Eatonrobb
    The Associated Press

    DANBURY, Conn. — As a little girl, Lauren Rousseau would create make-believe classrooms with dolls and a small blackboard. And when a gunman invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School, the substitute with a life-long dream of being a teacher died doing her best to keep the children calm. She read to them, her father said.

  • In Brief - Education - Feb. 8, 2013

    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.

  • Area students attending career workshop today

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Friday, students enrolled in the Accelerate program at Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University are getting an opportunity to practice using skills vital to finding a job, contributing to an organization and establishing a career.  

  • Mora board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Mora Independent School Board of Education. Election Day is Tuesday.

    Position 1

    Victoria “Vicky” Lovato
    (Resident of Holman; a life time resident of Mora County)

  • Education chief OKs online school despite opposition

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education chief Hanna Skandera overruled the state Public Education Commission this week, and will allow a new all-online charter school to open in the fall.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports  that the school will be called New Mexico Connections Academy and will contract with the online, for-profit curriculum company Connections Academy. The school aims to serve students in grades K-12 from around the state.