Category Archives: Education

APS Bond Election

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January 29, 2016 – Albuquerque Public Schools and CNM are asking voters to approve $575 million dollars in a mil levy and general obligation bonds to fund capital improvements projects that include buildings, technology and public safety upgrades.

APS says the bonds are crucial to address crumbling infrastructure and other immediate needs around the district. But will some voters turn out against the bonds after the scandals last year in the APS administration, which led to the resignation of the new superintendent after only a few years on the job?

NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sits down this week with a community leader and the head of the Capital Master Plan at APS to talk about the bond request.

More information about the bond election:

APS guide – 2016 bond election 

CNM – local bond election 

League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico 

Encouraging More Students To Pursue STEM Careers

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January 15, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Education projects that jobs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are growing but the number of students currently studying in those areas is not keeping pace.

What would it take to increase the number of college students pursuing STEM degrees here in New Mexico?

Our correspondent Stan Wilson sits down this week with UNM student Ayse Muniz and Gabriel Montaño from Los Alamos National Laboratory. They talk about the cultural and academic challenges that students may face and what they hope to see in the future.

Resources:

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science 

SACNAS Lobos

UNM STEM-H Center

NMSU STEM Center

LANL – STEM Education Programs 

New Mexico First – STEM Action Team