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Education

  • Students of the Month - June 1, 2012

    Submitted to the Optic

    Cassandra Miller, of West Las Vegas High School, was selected Elks Student of the month. Miller is the daughter of Dr. Franklin and Catherine Miller.

    At West, she participates in National  Honor Society, is yearbook editor, class president, cross country, and track. Some of her awards include being in the top five percent of the class and principal’s distinction. She holds a 3.97 GPA and recently graduated from the high school.

  • ACLU suit targets English learning

    By Christina Hoag and Gosia Wazniacka
    The Associated Press

    DINUBA, Calif. — A group of teachers, parents and students sued a small Central Valley school district Wednesday, alleging its program to teach English to young elementary school children is ineffective and violates the students’ constitutional rights.

    Three chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union in California and other civil rights organizations filed the lawsuit against Dinuba Unified School District in Sacramento County Superior Court.

  • ‘My Honest Ad’
  • In Brief - Education - May 25, 2012

    Optic and wire reports

    Pertussis cases confirmed locally
    Several confirmed cases of the pertussis, or whooping cough, have appeared at four Las Vegas City Schools.

    In a memo to parents dated May 18, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez,  school nurse Cynthia Jaramillo and Christopher Novak of the state’s Department of Health notified parents and guardians of the situation.

    At that time, the district had confirmed one case of the bacterial respiratory infection.

  • Journeyman Program Grads
  • Couple heading to NYC

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands University graduates are headed to New York City to pursue advanced degrees at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design.

    Ben Villarreal was accepted into the doctoral program in English education at Columbia, an Ivy League school founded in 1754.

    Veronica Black will pursue her MFA at Parsons, one of the premier design schools in the world.

    The two are married.

  • Armijo Students of the Month
  • Honoring parents’ dream

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A $10,000 scholarship to honor her parents has been established by Eloy Gutierrez and Rita M. Padilla-Gutierrez to assist students attending New Mexico Highlands University.

    “My parents, Placido and Crisanta Padilla, yearned to attend college,” Padilla-Gutierrez said.  “That dream was never realized, but through their children, the importance of education was demonstrated.”

  • High Achiever
  • In Brief - Education - May 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    ‘No confidence’ vote for Skandera
    ALBUQUERQUE — Representatives of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation have unanimously voted “no confidence” in state Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera.

    Albuquerque Journal reports that union’s council of representatives approved recently a resolution that lists a dozen criticisms against Skandera, including her planned teacher evaluation system and her support for charter schools.