August 2, 2019 – In New Mexico, only about one third of public school students can read at grade level and about one fifth are proficient in math. We’re coming out of eight years of Republican policies and, before that, eight years of Democratic policies. Current Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham outlined a “moonshot” of education goals, but when will we begin to see positive results? Gene Grant and The Line panelists debate ways to improve student performance.
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former state representative
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management
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