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The Line: Governor Fires Secretary of Education Karen Trujillo

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July 26, 2019 – With less than a month before the start of a new school year, New Mexico is once again looking for someone to lead the Department of Education. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this week that she was moving forward on her “education moonshot” without Karen Trujillo, who had only been on the job six months. A lack of communication and sense of urgency about major education reforms were cited as the reasons for her dismissal. But, Trujillo says she had no idea the Governor was unhappy with her performance. Host Gene Grant and The Line panelists break down the decision, plus the surprised reaction of many lawmakers, educators and community leaders.

Line Panelists:
Diane Denish, Former Lt. Governor
Dave Mulryan, Everybody Votes Founder
Ed Perea, Lawyer and Public Safety Expert
Diane Snyder, Former State Senator

For Further Reading/Watching:

State Not Able to Implement K-5 Plus Program as Effectively as Expected, Santa Fe New Mexican

Concerns Expressed over PED Shake-up, Albuquerque Journal

Lujan Grisham Ouster of Trujillo Raises Questions, New Mexico in Depth

GOP Lawmaker Seeks Hearing on PED Shake-up, 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