Category Archives: Education

Public education funding, grading state legislation


Public education funding is one of the largest expenses in the state budget. On the next New Mexico in Focus, we look at how funding is allocated to schools and what’s at stake in current budget discussions during the legislative session. And we ask some groups why they are “grading” legislation to try to help the public better follow what’s happening in the Roundhouse. Learn more about our People, Power and Democracy project.


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Featured photo: Creative Commons, by Tulane Public Relations

The Line: Albuquerque Public Schools Board Elections

The Line Panel

February 3, 2017 - On the Line this week, the panel discusses what's at stake in the upcoming elections for the Albuquerque Public Schools board and the Central New Mexico Community College governing board, which will be held February 7.

CNM has four seats up in this election. Candidates in districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are vying for a four-year term on the governing board. District 4 is a two-year term to complete an unfinished term.

APS has four seats up as well in districts 3, 5, 6 and 7.

Voter turnout for school board elections has been low in past years, but the Albuquerque Journal reports that the number of people running for open seats in 2017 is higher than past elections.

Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Eric Griego, former state senator Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of