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March 12, 2021 – New Mexico is poised to reopen schools across the state by April 5. The move would fulfill the pledge Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made in her State of the State address last month to return to in-person learning by the end of the current school year, but is reopening just weeks before the end of term worth it? The recent decision to prioritize vaccinations for educators may ease some of the concern about public safety, but should teachers and school staff have been given priority earlier on? Still, a return to some kind of normalcy is deemed crucial to the educational – and mental health – of New Mexico’s youth.  The Line weighs in on opening schools for in-person learning and looks at opportunities remote classrooms may afford. 

Host: 
Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Diane Denish, former lieutenant governor 
Dan Foley, former House minority whip 
Serge Martinez, UNM Law School professor 

For More Information: 
PED Wants Kids Back in ClassAlbuquerque Journal 
NM Schools to Completely Reopen on April 5Taos News 
New Mexico Clears Way for School Openings, Teacher VaccinesU.S. News & World Report