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July 10, 2014

After Loss, Vendor Makes Offer to Resolve Dispute Over Common-Core Contract

The American Institutes for Research has reached out to PARCC to try to resolve a dispute over a lucrative, and controversial, common-core testing contract awarded to Pearson.

June 25, 2014

Vendor Protesting Common-Core Contract Levies Criticism at PARCC, Pearson

The American Institutes for Research, in its protest over a common-core testing contract, argues that Pearson and PARCC are behaving like "business partners."

June 20, 2014

Pearson, N.M. Officials Push Back in Common-Core Contract Battle

New Mexico state officials describe a protest over a major common-core testing contract by the American Institutes for Research as "frivolous," in a filing with the state purchasing director.

June 03, 2014

Pearson, N.M. Officials Given Deadline in Common-Core Testing Protest

New Mexico officials have set a June 18 deadline to receive arguments in a protest filed by the American Institutes for Research over a major contract for common-core testing.

May 28, 2014

N.M. Court Orders Halt on Common-Core Testing Contract Until Appeal Is Heard

A state judge in has blocked the award of a major PARCC contract to Pearson until an appeal by a rival testing contractor can be heard.

May 06, 2014

American Institutes for Research Fights Pearson Common-Core Testing Award

The American Institutes for Research, an organization that provides testing services, has filed a lawsuit in New Mexico state court to try to halt the awarding of a major contract to a rival, Pearson.

April 01, 2014

Civil Rights Group Sues New Mexico Over Lack of Equity for ELLs, Poor Students

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund files suit on behalf of parents of ELLs and poor students, arguing that New Mexico's funding and K-12 reform initiatives are not providing a sufficient education.

December 19, 2013

Proposed Ballot Measure Could Put New Mexico's Skandera on Thin Ice

A state senator wants voters to decide whether to create an elected state school board that would pick the state superintendent, now chosen by the governor.

March 11, 2013

Political Potshots Keep New Mexico K-12 Chief's Fate Up in the Air

New Mexico K-12 chief Hanna Skandera may go another year without being officially confirmed by the state legislature.

March 03, 2013

New Mexico Education Secretary's Hearings Bring More Light to Corruption in Education Reform

Confirmation hearings for acting secretary of education Hanna Skandera in New Mexico took a decided turn towards the sensational yesterday, as testimony revealed details of the inner workings of what is looking more like a political machine advancing the combined interests of education "reformers" and the companies whose interests they are often found to serve. Skandera has been strongly supported by New Mexico's Republican governor Susana Martinez, but these revelations could throw a monkey wrench into the process.

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