PARCC Exam Protests, Gila River Development, APD “military-style training”

This week NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS starts with one of the biggest news stories this week – student protests over the PARCC exam. Students in schools across the state walked out of class to protest the tests. A group of Albuquerque seniors who participated in the protests tell us why they are concerned about the test. Also, Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists discuss the current state of student assessments in New Mexico.

Last fall, the Interstate Stream Commission voted to move forward with plans to develop a diversion project on the Gila River. There are still many questions about how much a potential project would cost and whether it could meet the water needs for southeastern New Mexico. NMIF speaks with Norman Gaume, the former director of the ISC, who opposes the diversion plan and filed a lawsuit against the ISC over violations of the state Open Meetings Act, as well as sitting down with Craig Roepke, deputy director of the ISC to hear his view on the process of considering a large project over many years.

Gene Grant and the panelists talk about funding for mental health services in Bernalillo County and calls for the federal government to stop letting APD officers engage in “military-style training” at Kirtland Air Force Base.

Norman Gaume, former director of the Interstate Stream Commission
Craig Roepke, deputy director of the Interstate Stream Commission
Dan Yohalem, ACLU of New Mexico

Janelle Astorga, senior at Albuquerque High School
Astrid Carrete, senior at Albuquerque High School
Maya Quinones, senior at Albuquerque High School

Sophie Martin, Editor, & Attorney
Mark Boitano, Former New Mexico Senator
Rob Nikolewski,
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions

Gwyneth Doland, @GwynethDoland
Sarah Gustavus, @sarahgustavus

Host: Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 834 for air March 6, 2015

2 thoughts on “PARCC Exam Protests, Gila River Development, APD “military-style training”

  1. Hello Sara Gustavas,
    When you talk with the student protestors on “In Focus” tonight (3/6), I am curious as to what students have to say about teacher influence on their decisions. You might ask students about their perspective on whether teachers have undue influence on student thinking because of teachers’ position of power in the classroom.
    Here are some questions I might ask: Did teachers advance or prohibit the dialogue?
    1. Did teachers impose their own view on the students? Were teachers excessively entangled with the students’ decisions? Did the students sense they were being “used” to escalate the cause to the extreme with the widespread media attention?
    2. Or did teachers “reflect” the students’ situation and not try to influence their decisions? Was class time provided to allow the students to dialogue about their views and their own decisions to act? Did teachers invite multiple perspectives? Did they call for tempered rhetoric?
    p.s. I try to adopt a stance of listening and dialogue in my work with students. If interested, take a look at my op/ed published in AASA:

    1. Hi Sheri,
      My name is Astrid and I am one of the students who appeared on PBS last night. I read your comment and think you deserve answers. I want to make it clear that this was COMPLETELY student organized. Not once did teachers tell us to do this. Students did not need teachers to tell us what was happening becuase we saw it with our own eyes. When the word about the walkout started getting around, some teachers even tried telling us to not go through with it. Although us, students are very much informed, this happened because we had the desire to do so and at no point did teachers express their concerns to us. Also, absolutely no class time was given to us to plan this. This was planned outside of school. We are informed because we felt that something was not right in the school system and we decided to inform ourselves before protesting.

      Astrid Carrete

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