August 3, 2018 – New Mexico’s Public Education Department said it will appeal a ruling, handed down in July, that New Mexico is not adequately funding schools and meeting the needs of all students. Advocates of the ruling, including Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia, have urged the PED not to appeal and to get started on creating a plan to address the issue. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the ruling and the potential appeal.
Line Panelists: Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Marco Torrez, UNM student, journalism & mass communications
July 27, 2018 –The UNM Athletics Department has operated mostly in the red for years, and the university’s Board of Regents voted last week to cut four sports to help address financial issues. Men’s soccer, men’s and women’s skiing and women’s beach volleyball were all cut. Supporters of those programs argued in public comments and on social media that those sports are not the cause of financial woes in the department.
Albuquerque Journal staff writer Geoff Grammer covers the Lobos. Along with reporting scores, he’s also sought out information about what is happening behind the scenes. He sits down this week with producer Sarah Gustavus talk about transparency and why the business of sports matters as much as what happens on the field or the court.