Senate panel blocks governor's bill on 3rd-grade retentions

Feb 23, 2013 Full story: Alamogordo Daily News 13

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's push for state-mandated retention of third-graders who do not read proficiently may be dead.

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APPAUSEPLEASE

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Feb 24, 2013
Oh no - lets not stop the problem and try to fix it at the lowest level possible - lets just
allow teachers to pass a person who can't read
for whatever reason along so it is someone
else's problem down the road.

Typical dump as crap progressive thnking. The next
time I hear a dumb as crap say "it's for the
children" well you the message.

Thanks NM Senate for not doing your job AGAIN!
Ex- El Paso Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Feb 25, 2013
Maybe it is because most of those senators would still be in 3rd grade if that was a law when they were in school. New Mexico law makers. Not the sharpest tools in the shed.

If we wounder why we have so many low paying jobs in the state one reason might be passing kids when they can not read and write.
Hagar

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Feb 25, 2013
NM lawmakers would rather have dumb kids and later adults with supposed self-esteem and no jobs. Then they will raise the minimum wage again so business owners and the public can pay for their lack of ability. It is no wonder NM is last in most polls; it is because we rank last in intelligent law makers! If these incompetent legislators really knew what was best for NM we wouldn't make the last on the list most of the time. The people of NM should insist that this be put on a ballot in the next election.
fscott

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Feb 25, 2013
Wonder why New Mexico has a reputation of being on the bottom of just about every measurement of a failing school system. Why even make them go to school they don't need an education to be good little democrats.
Hagar

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Feb 25, 2013
The only thing 3rd graders in this state need to read is whether the person on the ballot has a "D" beside their name. Then they can go on, ditch high school, and create more welfare babies.
thats

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Feb 25, 2013
why they want the straight party ticket option brought back so the new little democrats can vote for them and give them welfare.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#7 Feb 26, 2013
Hagar wrote:
The only thing 3rd graders in this state need to read is whether the person on the ballot has a "D" beside their name. Then they can go on, ditch high school, and create more welfare babies.
Lol... Now Hagar, it's not nice to speak of our out of control population growth in NM like that<VVVBG>!!!
bubba

Tewksbury, MA

#8 Feb 26, 2013
We think we are doing favors for these kids. They get out of school and cannot read, write or speak, but they have a high school diploma. A high school diploma from a public school is worth about as much as a roll of toilet paper. No read, no pass, no write, no pass, no speak, no pass, no breaks. Schools need to grow a pair of balls and stand up to the idiot parents that don't want their child's feelings hurt and no competition. News flash!!! There are losers in the real world. There are winners too.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#9 Feb 27, 2013
bubba wrote:
We think we are doing favors for these kids. They get out of school and cannot read, write or speak, but they have a high school diploma. A high school diploma from a public school is worth about as much as a roll of toilet paper. No read, no pass, no write, no pass, no speak, no pass, no breaks. Schools need to grow a pair of balls and stand up to the idiot parents that don't want their child's feelings hurt and no competition. News flash!!! There are losers in the real world. There are winners too.
Good points, but the roll of TP is more useful as it provides more material to wipe with.
bubba

Tewksbury, MA

#10 Feb 27, 2013
CornDogz wrote:
<quoted text>
Good points, but the roll of TP is more useful as it provides more material to wipe with.
Roger that good buddy. We need toilet paper, we do not need "no child left behind diplomas".
Key Largo

Hobbs, NM

#11 Mar 18, 2013
Do it to all grades. I know High School kids who cant even spell or read. 3rd grade should not be the only ones to be held back. Also this State mandated testing should be done away with. The teachers teach our kids good and may God bless them for being called to teach. But it is stupid when recently I went to a meeting and the teachers were going over the testing with the parents and was told what the kids had to do. Teaching a test is dumb and a waste of the teachers time. Thats why they have lesson plans.
APPAUSEPLEASE

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Mar 19, 2013
Yep there they are the biggest hypocrites in the
world - progressive libtard dumb as craps who
have no interest in doing anything positive -
just being obstructionists and continuing to
support the spiraling down of standards and
mediocrity.

Welcome to the dumb as crap party.
Boboso

Tewksbury, MA

#13 Mar 22, 2013
Teaching and learning vs preparing kids for standardized testing are two very different things.

It's very simple and useless to prepare kids for tests. It's much more challenging to teach kids. It is much more rewarding to see kids learn. There are many more value-added benefits from teaching and learning vs preparing for a test.

Are you a good test taker? If you are, it's possible that you are smart ot simply have figured out how to prepare for a test. Does this mean that you know and understand the material that you were tested on? Not necessarily.

What has more value? Learning or preparing for a test? As a person who hires smart people for a living, I'll take the kids that have common sense and a solid foundation over kids who got good grades but learned nothing.

Lawmakers, it is time that you wake up and understand that these kids are the workforce of the future. We cannot solve the complex problems ahead of us with kids that were prepared properly for the standardized test. We need brains, not recorders and playback.

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