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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 30, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE OCTOBER SUNDAY ONE DOLLAR As chairman of the Capital High School mathemat ics department Michael Carroll has seen ninthgrade students who are not ready for algebra or more advanced math classes Some freshmen students he said are working at a thirdgrade level In New Mexicos Standards Based Assessment administered last spring less than 25 percent of Santa Fe students percent of seventhgraders and 16 percent of eighthgraders were proficient in math Many students around the state are still behind when they start col lege An average of 83 percent of incoming students at Santa Fe Community College who take the colleges mathplacement test are required to enroll in at least one developmental math course At New Mexico State University the story is similar About 25 percent of incoming freshman who attended New Mexico high schools have to take remedial math Why students have trouble learning math is a question worry ing schools in Santa Fe and across the country Carroll believes the problem starts in elementary schooL I think the root as far as the school system is concerned is that we have a number of elemen taryschool teachers who are not facile in mathematics and some who are indeed afraid of Car roll said These teachers pass their math phobia on to students with dire consequences As these damaged kids pass on through the school sys tem their inability sabotages their success in later classes and com pounds the he said But what should schools be doing Please see ANSWERS Page A7 GRASPING FOR ANSWERS Story by John Sena Illustration by Alexander Usatine The New Mexican SEVENTHGRADERS PERCENT PROFICIENT NINTHGRADERS PERCENT PROFICIENT Santa Fe schools trying new math methods that might turn a negative situation into a positive EIGHTHGRADERS PERCENT PROFICIENT ELEVENTHGRADERS PERCENT PROFICIENT INSIDE For Santa Fe High students its all about whos teaching PageA6 An alternative approach to numbers Five schools using pilot program in an effort to improve achievement Page A7 f itLr IS MATH IMPORTANT Knowing math is more than being able to balance your check book Math skills are needed to shop wisely buy the best insur ance remodel the garage bet on a horse follow a recipe and especially critical today calculate gas mileage But more impor tant for students knowing math principles expands thefr career options and improves critical thinking skills COCHmUKE Caught up in a political tangle Active townspeople group at odds with elected fivemember government By Jkifie Ann Grimm The New Mexican COCHin LAKE For the second time in a decade theres a movement afoot to remove the Town Assembly from office in this small town on Cochiti Pueblo Politics in this otherwise lovely community just arent pretty About 400 people live at Cochiti Lake so most everyone knows everyone else on a first name basis But those arent the only names that emerge at twicemonthly town meetings You are selfish greedy rude ugly and embar shouted a man in the audience at a recent Town Assembly meeting Hes a member of a faction that has formed to oppose the elected fivemember government And because of a group of active townspeople many of the assembly meetings have turned into shouting matches that include name calling Please see TANGLE Page A5 Natalie New Mexican Ann Baumgarn posts a list comparing vol unteer work that was clone in 1992 to the amount being done this year at Town Hall in Cochiti Lake this week ANALYSIS CIALEAK PROBE The war the law Scooter Libby By Larru Margasak and Pete Yost The Associated Press WASHINGTON The prosecutions con clusion Vice President Dick Cheneys chief of staff zealously pursued information about a critic who said the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to make the case for war The view of the president and vice presi dent I Lewis Scooter Libby is a dedicated public servant who has worked tirelessly on behalf of his country Is Libby an influential White House adviser who lied Or is he a man with a hectic schedule who happens to remember events differently from the reporters and administration figures who will eventually be called to testify against him As lawyers we recognize that a persons recollection and memory of events will not always match those of other people particu larly when they are asked to testify months after the events Libbys lawyer Joseph Tate said in a statement Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald drew his detailed portrait of Libby based on a two year investigation that pulled dozens of wit Please see LIBBY Page A5 Police on the lookout for suspect Man being sought in connection with shooting that hospitalizes two By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican An armed and danger ous shooting suspect remained at large Saturday evening after a man and a woman suffered gunshot wounds in the 2400 block of Cerrillos Road police say Matt Holmes 21 was being sought in connection with a heated argument that took place in the parking lot of Las Salsas Mexican Restaurant about L30 Saturday Deputy Chief Eric Johnson of the Santa Fe Police Department said It appears that the shooting took place from some type of altercation in the parking Please see SUSPECT Page A6 Matt Holmes IF YOU FORGOT Its that time of year again Turn your clocks back an hour to standard time THE QUEST FOR DSL Communities seek service through petition provision Business Dl OBITUARIES Dolores M Napier 51 Oct 28 Sister Mary CartMR Herman SL Oct 25 Becky Bedoneyer 96 Oct 17 Charles M Santa Fe Oct 25 Cmrita 65 Oct 26 Stephen Valencia 14 Oct 27 Verda N SJoman 80 Hudson Oct 20 Charies Sheiwer 83 Santa Fe Oct 25 PsageC2 AGGIES FALL IN DOUBLE OVERTIME Idahos Smith scored on a 2point conversion during the second overtime and gave the Vandals a 3837 win over New Mexico State Sports 15 Annies Horoscope Mutual Real Police TRAINING DAY FOR OWNERS TODAY Partly sunny High 64 low 34 PageC8 Puppy trainers with Assistance Dogs of the West are being given disablity awareness classes Neighbors Inside Scoreboard Sports Voices Week in review Main Late News Eleven sections 112 pages Sunday magazine 40 pages 156th year Issue No 3O3 Publication No 596440 gHewMexicaforlSfiyMn