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The Line: Some APS Schools Have Elevated Lead Levels

1250 Line APS Water

June 14, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the Albuquerque Public Schools response to elevated lead levels found in many elementary schools’ sinks and faucets. The district volunteered almost 70 schools for testing, but did not immediately disclose the results. Now, parents and teachers are concerned about exposure of children to the tainted water, and concerned for themselves.

Line Panelists:
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:

Bellehaven sinks had highest level of lead in water – by Shelby Perea, Albuquerque Journal

High levels of lead found in water samples from Albuquerque Public Schools KOAT

Staff worried before tests showed high lead levels – by Shelby Perea, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Students Protest Climate Change Inaction

Empty Classroom

May 10, 2019 – Last Friday about 200 Albuquerque high school students walked out to demand action on climate change. This public outcry was just the latest demonstration of frustration with the inaction of decision makers. The walk-out came on the same day as the release of a widely covered United Nations study warning of the potential extinction of one million species, with serious quality of life consequences for this generation as a result. Meanwhile, students also voiced frustration over the Albuquerque Public Schools board’s decision to table—for nearly a year—proposed policy revisions on allowing schools to accept money from the National Rifle Association. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm, Inc.

For Further Reading:  

‘We need to get adults to stop Tweeting and start acting’ – by Laura Paskus, NM Political Report

Students walk out for change in climate policy – by Scott Turner, Albuquerque Journal

APS students push for decision on NRA – by Shelby Perea, Albuquerque Journal