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Parent In Education Lawsuit Shares What She Wants To See Change

Education Lawsuit

July 27, 2018 – A parent who was one of the key plaintiffs in a major lawsuit over education in New Mexico will sit down this week with New Mexico in Focus.

Wilhelmina Yazzie (Navajo) lives in Gallup and wanted a better academic support for her son. She was one of the parents listed in a combined lawsuit that argued that the state’s public education system is not meeting constitutional requirements to provide equal access to education, particularly for economically disadvantaged students, Native Americans, students with disabilities and English Language learners.

Judge Sarah Singleton ruled last week that New Mexico is not adequately funding education. The judge gave state officials a deadline in spring 2019 to address issues in schools across the state.

The Importance Of Seeing Your Culture Reflected In The Classroom

representing diversity in the classroom

June 29, 2018 – New Mexico is a diverse state and that includes our schools. But do students who identify as Latino, African American, Native American or Asian see themselves and their community reflected in textbooks, lessons and images in their classroom?

New Mexico PBS worked with Generation Justice and KUNM to conduct listening sessions with students from the Youth Employment Summer Institute in 2017. High school students and recent graduates expressed concerns about teachers, curriculum, and testing. They also shared ideas for improving the experience of students, including better incorporating culture in the classroom and creating more opportunities for students to work with mentors.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down this week with some local education leaders to talk about current efforts and potential changes that might better reflect culture and community in our schools

Guests:

And Kara Bobroff, founder/principal of the Native American Community Academy, or NACA, and executive director of the NACA Inspired Schools Network 

Christopher Ramirez, co-director of Together for Brothers 

Mandisa Routheni,a fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies

Diane Torres-Velásquez, professor at UNM and head of the Latino Education Task Force