This is fun. Santa Fe New Mexican education reporter John Sena wrote in to say that Richardson has done lots of good things for education in the state, but not exactly what he claimed to have done at the Sunday debate (see below). “While he has done some things to improve education here, he has not implemented “mandatory phys ed.” He has started only a small pilot project funding P.E. teachers for the poorest schools. The $40,000 minimum wage is also something of a fallacy. He has implemented a three-tier system where a starting teacher makes a minimum $30,000. After three years and a pretty extensive portfolio process, they can make a jump to $40,000. If they get a master’s degree and complete another portfolio process, they can jump up again to a minimum $50,000. While it’s encouraging to hear Bill talking about education, I just thought you should know that he’s not being completely honest.” Thanks, John --and watch out other candidates who make claims about their education accomplishments that they can’t back up.
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