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]ALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY r JUNE 25, 2010 5 3overnor Richardson announces fewer stUdents need college remediation Governor Bill Richardson as announced that New Mexico ; making steady progress toward nproving the number of public igh school graduates who go on college and who do not need medial courses. The progress is utlined in the just released Ready for College" report. "My administration has lo- used on improving education ,pportunities of all New Mexico tudents, no matter where they are ,n their educational path, and I m pleased that our efforts to pre- ,are students for college are pay- ng off," Governor Richardson aid. "When we reduce the need or our students to take emediation courses in college, ve set those students on a path to L more promising future, save the tate money, and help to trengthen our economy," The number of New Mexico )ublic high school graduates who tttend state colleges and univer- ;ities increased by 367 students n 2009. Most significant in this ear's report is the decrease by L 1 percent from 2008 to 2009 in :he percentage of students who aeed remediation (3 percent in hath; 2.7 percent in reading). The Ready for College Report, a re- 9ort issued annually by the Of- 5ce of Education Accountability, Ihe Public Education Department and the Higher Education Depart- ment tracks the number of New Mexico high school graduates who go on to take remedial math and reading classes at state c01- leges and universities. "These results are encourag- ing and show that our high school redesign efforts which include greater access to dual credit, on line coursework, and Advanced Placement classes are better pre- paring students for college and career," said Secretary of Educa- tion Dr. Veronica C. Garcia. "We must continue to en- courage more rigor and relevance in the high school curriculum." The state's education agen- cies agree that the new dual credit initiative, in which eligible high school students may receive both high school and college credit for certain courses, is likely a strong contributing factor to the im- proved rate. Data show thata who took dual credit courses (67 percent) attended college in Fall 2009, higher than New Mexico's average high school to college going rate (approximately 50 per- cent). "We know the value of a col- lege education continues to offer students greater options, both professionally and personally," said Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Vi Florez. '"/'he dual credit program has demon- strated that it is an effective tool for our high school students to succeed in both college and ca- reer" "The improvements in this year's report show what can hap- pen when public education and higher education work together for the benefil of our students." said Dr. Peter Winograd, lead au- thor of the Ready for College re- ports and Education Advisor to the Governor "I credit Governor Richardson and Secretaries Garcia and Florez for keeping a strong focus on the importance of a P-20 education system, and to the high schools and higher education institutions for their willingness to work together. I alo want to recognize all of the students who worked so hard both irk high school and in college." Over the past seven years, the Public Education Department has implemented significant initia- tives such as the High School Re- design program, the dual credit option, distance learning through IDEAL-NM (Innovative Digital Education and Learning), and increases in national testing such as Advanced Placement, Prelimi- nary Scholastic Aptitude Test, ACT and SAT to help students be better prepared for college-level study. Notably, PED released the latest cohort graduation rate num- bers Jast week that showed that the four year cohort graduation rate for New Mexico schools has increased from 60 percent in 2008 to 66 percent in 2009. The Ready for College re- port is designed to provide the Governor, the Legislature, and educators with data on college readiness to improve the align- ment between public high schools and state colleges and universi- higher percentage of students .'ties. It serves to illustrate areas in need of improvement and allows the State to focus on the educa- tion system as a whole, and thus. to bring about poliqy changes to address those needs. The report includes appendices that provide details for each school/school district. ' Althougli the report does not account for students who have at- tended college out of state or at a tribal college, state agencies have been working with tribal educa- tion entities to allow for better data collection, which will im- prove decision-making abilities related to the Native population in future repos. The report recommends con- tinued tracking of student progress from middle school through high school and into col- lege, implementation of the Col- lege and Career Ready Policy In- stitute recommendations, and development of a Ready for Ca- reers report to track preparedness and success of those students who do not attend college. For more information con- tact Laura Mulry, PIg at Higher Education Department at 505- 476- 8406 or Beverly Friedman, PIg at Public Education Depart- mgnt at 505-827-6661. To view the report in full, visit http://, www.ped.state.nm;us or 2010 Little League coming to a close The 2010 Lord.=;burg Little League season is wrapping up. next week, with teams in three divisions having endured the heat to participate in the annual summer sporlt. Above, the Lugnuts' Brooklyn Kempton takes a swing a, gainst the Scor- pions. At right, Scorpions Skeater LassiJter gets a base hit. Herald staff photos Bursum Road in-GNF re-opens to public June 1.1 Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FOREST/Silver City The New Mexico Depart- ment of Transportation (NMDOT) opened Bursum Road (NM Highway 159) on Friday, June 11, 2010. The NMDOT has completed the majority of its annual spring maintenance. Motorists can expect road- bed conditions to be corrugated (washboard), rough, and spread with loose, sharp rocks and are urged to exercise EXTREME CAUTION on the Mogollon-to- Willow Creek portion of NM 159 to avoid tire and vehicle damage. Bursum Road is a popular access point to the Gila National Forest's backcountry, and trails as well as to Willow Creek and Snow Lake Recreation areas. The road i:s paved up to the town of Mogollon and reverts to na- .tive material as it climbs into the mountains. Narrow and winding, Bursum Road is char- acterized assingle lane with turnouts. The recommended vehicle length is 20 feet maxi- mum. An alternative route for motorists having larger vehicles is FR 141 south of Reserve, ! NM. For more information, con- tact the Glenwood Ranger Dis- trict office at (575) 539-2481 or the forest website: htt__t_t_t_t_t_t_tLR 212 E. Motel Drive Suite B Lordsburg, NM 88045 $30 pe year Name t0'RDSBtlRq [ittte IEAUE 201 Monday, June 28 (Major League) 6:00 PM Cubs vs. Phillies 8:00 PM Rangers vs. A's Tuesday, June 29 (T-Ball) 6:00 PM Muckdogs vs. Rattlers 7:00 PM Sandgnats vs. Astros Wednesday, June 30 (Major League 6:00 PM Cubs vs. Cardinals 8:00 PM DBacks vs. Phillies Friday, July 2 (Major League) 6:00 PM Cardinals vs. A's 8:00 PM DBacks vs. Rangers The Lordsburg Little League Board of Directors would like to thank the following who have stepped up to the plate to sponsor our 20i0 Season: City of LordsbuN Napa/r, amos Farms Oou.ty of Hidalgo [Ibroek Water System Hidalgo Cou.ty Herald I;Ib Lodge lllt Kra.berry's Fandly lhstagra,t I.e. Tierra Verde Advbors, I.e. Abeyta Phydeal Therapy a.d porte Medlei.e Napa/iamos Farms Trailtow. I.e. ootheel Oroeery Smith Ford Wilbur[Ills iad Chile Valley Merea.tile I.e. Saoeedo's Supermarket i ii i I iii I I I III I I II III II I I I II II I I III I The WNMU Applied Technology Department would like to invite the businesses of Lordsburg to join us at a meeting to discuss your ideas about how the Hidalgo Learning Center and our department can meet your employment and training needs. WHERE: Hidalgo Learning Center 520 West Second Street WHEN: Wednesday, June 30th--6:00 PM I II I I Lordsbur Bucks o Are Here! Imagine having up to an extra $500.00 to spend in Lordsburg! You could spend it on groceries, dining out, utilities, a night or two away from home in one of our fine lodging facilities, purchase merchandise, make repairs to your ear, or buy tires--spend it at any Lordsburg merchant, business or service! Redeemable only for merchandise and/or services. NOT REDEEMABLE FOR CASH; NON-TRANSFERABLE; May NOT be used to acquire tobacco, alcoholic beverages or lottery & other gaming activities. Must be at least 18 years of ag e to participate! Raffle tickets are now on sale: $5.00 per ticket Only 500 will be sold! Odds of winning =1 in 100 1st Prize=S500.00 ~ 2rid Prize=S300.00 ~ 3rd Prize=S100.00 4th and 5th Prizes=S50 each. Drawing': July 31, 2010, 10:00 a.m. Saucedo's Parking Lot Sponsored by and tickets available at Oasis ompassion Services, 807 Duncan Hwy, Lordsburg (575) 590-3474, one of our authorized agents, or at Saucedo's on July 2 & 3. To Benefit Lordsburg/Hidalgo County Community Projects and Residents I II I I , 8th Annual 4th.of July " [ 00/lcg 00rker 00ske/bW/ 00Co00r0000ment NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE WILL BE FROM 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Come see your new Learning Center! For more information, call Becky Estrada at 575-542-3315 or 575-519-0306 Age Groups: 10 & Under 14 & Under 18 & Under: lg & Over Fee is $40 per team. Fees are due before game , Registration Forms available at the Special Events Center All 4-Man Rosters must be turned ih no later than July 1, 2010 Hosted by PAL and Bailey Barker Hoops J