An all-around gut-punch story from Martin Salazar at the Journal this morning on probable increases and decreases in NM public school employee health insurance. Increases: Everything involving teachers paying money Decreases: Everything involving receiving actual health services Your basic win/win for Satan here. The best line in a story full of horrible bottom lines: The… Read More Put Down That Doughnut, NM Teacher!
NM Legislature is a 30-day session that should have all the emotional satisfaction of life with Charles Bukowski. Or as Mr. Hobbes would put it: Nasty, brutish and short. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun amid the horror. Checking the neato “Bill Finder”, I see the following: Senator McSorley is sponsoring a… Read More Educational Fun With New Mexico Legislation
Your humble blogger has been too darn busy this week to do much of anything, but probably not as busy as New Mexico Public Education Department grant writers. I’m guessing last Friday’s furlough was a “working forced unpaid day” for some folks. And now the buzzword-riddled fruits of their labor can be read by those… Read More Your Value-Added Grant Writing Tax Dollars at Work
No snark to report here, at least not yet. The new APS website looks good. Naturally it looks better than the old APS website, then again a colonoscopy looks better than the old APS website. Even the ABQ Journal website looks better than the old APS…oh wait… But this is about the new APS website,… Read More The New APS Website Is Here
I’m not one of those who likes to see government employees furloughed, or one who would prefer the NM PED just go away. I sure would like to know more about what the PED does (e.g., how the “Race to the Top” applications are going) and why, but blowin’ it up is not my preferred… Read More For Some A Dream Come Temporarily True
” (Jonathan) Keiler’s drama unfolded in a way familiar to schoolteachers and other employees of large, easily distracted public agencies. He was told he needed to apply for an Advanced Professional Certificate, something required of 10-year teachers whose only discernible purpose, according to Keiler, is “to keep headquarters people employed.” He sent in his paperwork.… Read More NM Teacher Pay Chapter III: Worthless Certification
Lots of bad news out there right now, but at least GM is brightening our day with the announcement that Hummer production is over. And it’s 38.5 degrees at 6:26 a.m in Burque as I write this. Time to get on the commuting bicycle and celebrate the relative warmth and the end, for now, of… Read More Some Needed Good News