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First News: Teachers are protesting evaluation standards that would see student test scores account for 50% of their rating. (listen)
(2012-07-19)
(KSFR) - Teachers from across the state are protesting Governor Martinez' change in their professional evaluations. The governor wants teacher evaluations to be based at least 50% on student test scores. It's opposed by school employees who say that depending so heavily on students' scores is not a fair way to assess their overall performance. Such evaluation standards failed to pass muster during the most recent legislative session. Instead, Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is implementing the system administratively in a number of schools this year with plans for full state participation next year.

New Mexico's finance authority has canceled a contract it made with a private law firm to conduct an internal investigation of allegations that an audit of the agency was faked. The Alamagordo News reports that authority board members are concerned that having a private investigation could conflict with the public investigation being done by the state auditor. The head of the finance authority claims a former controller forged documents to create a fake audit of the agency. The authority is responsible for more than $1 billion in state bonds.

The former superintendent of Santa Fe public schools is scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow for injuries received in a single-car accident in Alabama. Bobbie Gutierrez tells the Journal North she apparently blacked out while driving and her car went off the highway. She says her surgery is for injuries to a fractured cheek.

The head of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market says she is going to retire. Charlene Cerny was instrumental in founding the market a decade ago and has seen it grow to more than $2 million in sales for artists from around the world. She says she hopes to continue working with the market as a volunteer. The organization says it will begin a national search for a new executive.

Santa Fe city hall is considering the idea of labeling the holding signs at traffic intersections as panhandling. But the state ACLU tells KOAT television that banning signage would be the same as banning free speech. The city attorney's office says the issue is traffic safety at intersections. The current panhandling ordinance prohibits solicitation at traffic medians and approaching people in the downtown area at night to ask for money.

This evening sees a joint meeting of City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County officials. Much of the discussion will focus on annexing some 10,000 acres of land adjacent to city limits. The issue has been stalled for several years by court challenges. Tonight's agenda will hear what the next steps will be along with discussion of shared police and fire operations, road maintenance and utilities. Discussion concludes with a public comment opportunity. The meeting starts at 5:30 in the County Administration building.

Immigrant rights advocates Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the New Mexico chapter of the NAACP today give out a new report on law enforcement's compliance with law banning racial-profiling. The independent study was funded by the Berkely Law Center for Human Rights and evaluates whether municipal, county and state agencies meet the basic requirements of the 2009 Prohibition of Profiling Practices Act. The study finds that the majority of law enforcement agencies in New Mexico are not in compliance. The report will be issued at a press conference at the Albuquerque ACLU office. Civil rights agencies will be meeting with Attorney General Gary King to discuss the findings and make recommendations.

Weather for Santa Fe - a 30% chance for thundershowers later today under partly cloudy skies, highs near 85 degrees. Precipitation chances diminish to just 10% tomorrow and through the weekend, highs in the mid 80s.
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