• Education-related groups lead lobbying efforts in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report shows retirees and teachers unions are among those who have had the widest lobbying presence at the New Mexico capitol in recent years.

  • NMSU settles class action lawsuit over family leave

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has agreed to pay more than $700,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the university of denying or discouraging faculty members from taking time off for family leave.

  • 2 college faculty fired in scandal over freshmen retention

    A plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail has erupted into a scandal, faculty firings and a demotion at Mount St. Mary’s University after the Catholic school’s president reportedly likened the students to baby rabbits that should be killed.

  • Bill ending social promotion stalls in New Mexico Senate

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that calls for New Mexico third graders who don’t show proficiency in reading to be held back has stalled in a Democratic-controlled Senate committee.

  • In this Feb. 4, 2016, photo, teacher Jessica Ries passes out writing assessment tests to her fourth-grade students at Hayward Elementary School in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ries is one of many teachers working two jobs in South Dakota, a state that ranks last in teacher pay. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

    Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. In the back room, beyond the dapper mannequins and vest swatches of pink, yellow and blue, a tote filled with review packets for 24 of her Hayward Elementary School students awaits her attention if she gets any down time.