September 20, 2019 – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this week that she plans to pitch lawmakers on a program for free tuition at the state’s colleges and universities. The governor says her Opportunity Scholarship plan would be a last-dollar funding source to make sure no qualifying New Mexico student – as well as some adults – will have to pay for a degree at two- and four-year schools run by the state. The Line opinion panel discusses the educational and economic merits of the plan, as well as how to pay for it.
Line Panelists: Dan Foley, Former State Representative Sophie Martin, Attorney Janice Arnold-Jones, Former State Representative
Michael Barrio, Prosperity Works
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.
Diane Denish, Former Lt. Governor
Dave Mulryan, Everybody Votes Founder
Ed Perea, Lawyer and Public Safety Expert
Diane Snyder, Former State Senator