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New Mexico governor signs $7.4B state budget, vetoes relief

Apr. 09, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Friday a $7.4 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year that boosts state funding for public education, early childhood services and more — while using her veto pen to assert sole authority over $1.6...

Lilly Endowment awards $93M to combat Indianapolis poverty

Apr. 03, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly 30 groups will share more that $93 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment aimed at boosting the financial security of poor Indianapolis residents. The grants, which range from $180,000 to more than $8 million each, are going to 28...

Harris praises Connecticut for spending federal aid on kids

Mar. 26, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

Vice President Kamala Harris praised Connecticut officials Friday for how the state plans to spend some of the billions of dollars from the newly passed coronavirus relief package on education and child care initiatives, noting the pandemic has given policymakers an opportunity to address...

Va. teacher recognized for impact on students and community

Mar. 25, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — A Bedford County teacher is being recognized with state-level awards for her contributions to career and technical education. Elizabeth Wendland, a teacher at Bedford’s Susie G. Gibson Science and Technology Center who instructs two dual enrollment...

New Mexico legislative session reshapes education spending

Mar. 19, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have approved short-term measures to help schools recover from the pandemic and have finalized sweeping educational funding reforms that could affect child development for decades to come. The House and Senate on Friday passed...

New Mexico lawmakers send childhood funding bump to voters

Mar. 18, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature has advanced a constitutional amendment that could increase funding for early childhood and K-12 education by hundreds of millions of dollars if it is approved by voters in a statewide election. “The question has been...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Mar. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: We the people hire and fire the Idaho attorney general, not the Idaho Legislature March 18 Idaho Statesman The Idaho Attorney General is a constitutional officer who is...

New Mexico governor seeks to offset Biden's oil policies

Mar. 15, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

New Mexico could lose nearly three-quarters of $1 billion over the next few years if it sees even a modest reduction of oil and gas production due to the federal government's actions to curb leasing on public lands, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned in a letter sent Monday to President Joe...

New Mexico clears way for school openings, teacher vaccines

Mar. 08, 2021 19:14 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Monday began clearing the way for schools to reopen next month as vaccine eligibility was expanded to include shots for all teachers, those working in early childhood programs and educators. “We get to ring the bell and bring...

Lawmakers to debate if Louisiana should require kindergarten

Mar. 07, 2021 11:11 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state Senate education leader's effort to make kindergarten mandatory in Louisiana is renewing divisions about an idea that has previously failed to win legislative passage. The Advocate reports that backers of the requirement, up for debate in...