WE DID IT AGAIN!!!!! We Failed!

New Mexico has some of the worst schools in the country and they are getting worse all the time. No thanks to the New Mexico Public Education Department.

New Mexico is #48 in the rating of schools in the US. We are also the worst — #50 — in the graduation rate. We have to thank Mississippi and Nevada for having worse schools.

Part of the problem is stated that our schools are not funded very well since we are a poor state and don’t have tax money. The other problem that is not stated, we have a piss poor Public Education Department. That is one of the things I have learned in my Inspection of Public Records Act and RFP lawsuits. NMPED can’t organize a free lunch. They are so fixated with testing that they haven’t figured out that you have to teach something FIRST to test.

Kids have to know how to read before they will pick up a book. The education culture is such that you can’t help without throwing large sums of money at students and schools. NMPED doesn’t want outside help and are happy to award bids to non-New Mexico book publishers instead of keeping the money at home. Why should New Mexico students be proud of New Mexico books? NMPED isn’t!

Barbe Awalt

Today's Rants: Some Random Thoughts!
  • Reality is stubborn. Trump headlined a political fundraiser on Friday night, before heading to Mar-a-Lago, the for-profit club he still owns, for another relaxing weekend. Over the last five weekends, the president has visited his luxury resort four times – each trip costs American taxpayers about $3 million – and as of last night, Trump had spent 31% of his presidency at Mar-a-Lago.  He’s now played golf eight times since taking office six weeks ago. In October 2014, Trump whined via Twitter, “We pay for Obama’s travel so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.” A year later, as a presidential candidate, Trump declared that if he were in office, he’d dispense with breaks. “I’d want to stay in the White House and work my ass off,” he told voters. Not true! — with a little help from MSNBC

  • A 64 year old making $26,500 a year would pay $1,700 in premiums for insurance under Obamacare. Under the Republican bill, he would pay $14,600 — more than half his annual income. Maybe Congress should give up its plush health plan for which they pay not one dime and get the same thing they are offering us!

Rio Grande Books
April 8: Gallup Public Library, 9am-5pm "Author Fair"
April 20-22: Arizona-NM Historical Society Conference, Flagstaff, AZ
June 16-18: Sacred Art Market, Gallup Cathedral
July 15: Lavender in the Village, Los Ranchos Agri Center

Henrietta Christmas & Paul Rhetts
April 30: Santa Fe Public Library, 2pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"
June 24: Treasure House Books, Albuquerque Old Town 1-3pm "Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Finding Your Family History"

Loretta Hall
March 18: Santa Fe Public Library, 2pm "New Mexico's Contribution to Space Travel"
April 2: Explora Science Center & Children's Museum (Albuquerque Old Town), 2:30pm "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" new children's book
April 5: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "NM is a Treasure Trove of Space History"
April 7, 14, 21, 28: LifeLong Learning Institute class, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, 10:00-12:00, "New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel"
April 9: Treasure House Books (Albuquerque Old Town), 1pm "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America" new children's book
May 3: Bear Canyon Senior Center, 10:00-11:30, "Getting Men to the Moon: Behind-the-Scenes Stories"
July 13: OASIS, 1:00-2:30, "What Sex Differences Mean for Space Travel"

Pat Hodapp
April 23: Collected Works, 2pm "Santa Fe Bucket List"

Ross Van Dusen
May 20: Treasure House Books, 1pm "Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree"