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The Line: Early Childhood Education Endowment

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September 13, 2019 – The push to tap New Mexico’s nearly $19 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to help pay for early childhood education programs has failed again and again at the state capitol. This year, Department of Finance and Administration Sec. Olivia Padilla-Jackson floated the idea to lawmakers at a recent meeting of creating a separate endowment to pay for early childhood learning. If the state could earmark $1 billion over the next three years, the governor’s administration estimates it could spend $50 million a year on such programs. The Line opinion panel debates the pros and cons of such a plan, and its surprising support from staunch fiscal conservative state Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming.

Line Panelists:
Serge Martinez, UNM School of Law
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital

For Further Reading:
Op-ed: Early childhood education puts us on the right path – Las Cruces Sun-News

State revenues expected to soar once again – Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Evaluating The “Education Moonshot”

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March 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists critique the “education moonshot” launched this legislative session. Lawmakers are pouring money into the education department, with an emphasis on early childhood.  The Line weighs in on whether the education “rocket” shooting for the moon is on the right trajectory.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican
Cathryn McGill, founder/director, NM Black History Organizing Committee

For Further Reading:

Next batch of NM education changes are on the way – by Shelby Perea, Albuquerque Journal

Lawmakers point state to new educational future – by Sylvia Ulloa, New Mexico in Depth

What’s in the ‘moonshot’ for New Mexico public education? – by Karen Trujillo, for the Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico Final ’18 High School Grad Rates Show Record JumpAssociated Press