Tag Archives: Early Childhood Education

The Line: Racism Charge Over Failed Legislative Proposal

March 16, 2018 – Legislators again failed to pass a proposal to expand early childhood education using money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund, and took issue when Allen Sánchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Bishops, called the action racist. Were his remarks inflammatory? Was he referring to structural or institutional racism, as opposed to any racist stance by an individual? Gene Grant leads the Line panel in a debate on the issue.

Line Panelists:
Sophie Martin, attorney
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management

Further reading:
Bishops ‘double down’ on racism charges – by Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Soda Tax Headed To A Vote In Santa Fe

NMiF: The Line Panel

March 31, 2017 - A proposal to create a tax on soda sales will go to the voters of Santa Fe in a special election in May. The Santa Fe Reporter recently looked at how groups for and against the tax are spending money on outreach efforts: Fizzy Math. If the measure passes, the funds collected on the tax would go to support early childhood education. This week host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the pros and cons of this proposed soda tax.

Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP