December 6, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion debate the adjustment to small school funding that will see a reduction in financial support of 20% per year until it eliminates the extra money given to small schools in larger districts. The small school allotment was part of a 40-year-old funding formula that was meant to help schools in small, rural districts, but which also had the side effect of benefitting some charter schools in urban areas. The adjustment, passed in the last legislative session, was designed to bring the funding formula back to the original law’s intent, but some schools worry they won’t be able to survive the funding cuts.
Line Panelists: Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Michael Barrio, executive director, Prosperity Works Michael Bird, public health consultant Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies and “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)
February 1, 2019 – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham chose former teacher and NMSU researcher Dr. Karen Trujillo as secretary designate for the state’s Public Education Department, and appointed an experienced team to assist her, including the founders of the Native American Community Academy and the South Valley Academy. As Senate Bill 1 moves through the legislature, with its education reforms and budget requests, how will Ms. Trujillo and her team carry out the goals mapped out by New Mexico’s new governor? Gene Grant and the Line panelists discuss the future of our state’s schools.
Line Panelists: Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney, public safety expert, and executive director of the Center for Law, Policy, & Public Safety, LLC
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management