Tag Archives: APS

Using Restraints on Public School Students | The Line

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October 18, 2019 – Searchlight New Mexico reporter Ed Williams released an investigative story tracking the use of controversial restraint techniques on special education students at Albuquerque Public Schools. The article points out a discrepancy between the actual use of such methods and what is disclosed in federal reports. Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the use of restraint and seclusion practices and how best to protect some students from themselves and others while still being transparent about the process.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
Restraint, Seclusion, DeceptionSearchlight New Mexico
How Some Schools Restrain or Seclude Students: A Look at a Controversial PracticeNPR


The Line: Some APS Schools Have Elevated Lead Levels

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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