Transparency? What transparency? Public money but private dismissals in NM

By Rob Nikolewski on November 18, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – Tom Romero may have been the chief executive officer of the New Mexico Lottery for nearly eight years. He may have been paid $155,000 a year.
But last Wednesday, he was fired from his job without any explanation by the New Mexico Lottery Authority Board of Directors, [...]

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It’s hard to find online student data for NM’s schools for the deaf and visually impaired

By Rob Nikolewski on September 10, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – If you want to know how your local high school is doing on things like enrollment, test scores and graduation rates, you can find the data in seconds on the Public Education Department website.
But if you want to find out how two of the state’s three [...]

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Have a look: Where your NM taxpayer money goes

By Rob Nikolewski on May 28, 2013

New Mexico’s got a $5.9 billion annual budget.
Want to know where it’s spent?
Well, the majority of it goes to education.
The annual review of the past legislative session in Santa Fe shows that kindergarten-through-12th grade programs and the state’s higher education system receive well over half the money in the annual state budget.
The Legislative Council Service just released its [...]

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NM legislature on the hook to fix the lottery scholarship shortfall

By Rob Nikolewski on December 5, 2012

The numbers haven’t been adding up for the state lottery in recent years and that means unless the state legislature can come up with a fix, students who qualify for lottery scholarships to New Mexico universities and colleges will see across-the-board reductions.
“We’ll have to cut the size of awards for each student,” Dr. José Z. [...]

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New Mexico College Savings Plan Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward

By Jim Scarantino on October 16, 2012

Class action notices have gone out to families who invested in New Mexico’s  poorly performing college savings plans.   Thousands of New Mexicans trusted that the tax advantaged plans selected for them by the State of New Mexico could help with the increasing expense of a college education.  But New Mexico’s college savings plans proved to [...]

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New Mexico colleges get a D: It costs almost twice the national median to complete a 4-year program

By Rob Nikolewski on June 22, 2012

From the Albuquerque Journal today (June 22):
New Mexico’s post-secondary institutions won’t be making the dean’s list.
We’re talking Ds and Fs here, according to a report released this week by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Institute for a Competitive Workforce, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate.
The report grades the country’s two-year and four-year public institutions, naming New Mexico, [...]

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Audit Slams New Mexico Higher Education Department; NMHED Points to Prior Administration

By Jim Scarantino on June 8, 2012

Nepotism. Millions of unbudgeted spending. Lack of control of cash deposits. Untracked student loans. Material weaknesses and substantial deficiencies in internal financial controls. A drumbeat of major failings concludes the just released audit of the New Mexico Higher Education Department conducted by the Albuquerque accounting firm Atkinsonn & Company. The audit covered the fiscal year [...]

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