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The Line: New Test, Familiar Results for New Mexico Students

NMiF: Aztec School Shooting

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.

Line Panelists:
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

For Further Reading:

Less than a third of New Mexico students test proficient  – Associated Press

Few NM students are proficient in English and mathKOAT

2019’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems WalletHub

The Line: Governor Fires Secretary of Education Karen Trujillo

1304 Line Trujillo

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