Sandoval County Commissioners pass right-to-work ordinance, defying legal threats

Commissioners approved a county-level right-to-work ordinance even as detractors promised to sue. Early Friday morning, the Sandoval County Commission voted 3-1 to make the county the first to implement a right-to-work ordinance. Previous efforts at the statewide level repeatedly failed, while a citywide effort in Clovis decades ago was struck down by a federal court. “This is our time to lead the state,” ordinance sponsor Jay Block said in arguing for the ordinance. He said the bill would bring better wages, more jobs and would, in fact, help unions by increasing their rolls.

HBO’s John Oliver mentions NM PARCC testing

New Mexico got a small mention on a popular HBO news show this weekend, with clips from local TV stations including one high profile union leader. Last Week Tonight is hosted by former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver. Oliver’s show typically devotes a long period of time—in this case more than 15 minutes—to one specific topic. This week’s topic was standardized testing in schools. New Mexico uses the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, tests in schools.

Hero Teacher Sonya Romero Gets a Big Surprise on National TV from Ellen Degeneres

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From the Ellen Degeneres Show: “When Ellen heard about humanitarian Sonya Romero, she knew she had to bring her to the show. This was an interview neither of them will soon forget.” video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

via Hero Teacher Sonya Romero. Albuquerque’s Lew Wallace Elementary kindergarten teacher Sonya Romero got a big surprise when she visited the Ellen Degeneres Show.   On Wednesday’s show, Ellen called Sonya out of the audience to profile the teacher Ellen called a “hero.”