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The Line: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Gets To Work

1228 Line MLG Hits Ground Running

January 11, 2019 –  She’s only been New Mexico’s governor since January 1st, but Michelle Lujan Grisham has wasted no time getting straight to work, from selecting cabinet members both before and after her inauguration, to making an executive order to replace the PARCC test as a measurement tool in New Mexico schools. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss decisions made in the early days by the first Democratic Latina to govern New Mexico.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita

For Further Reading:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s inaugural address – via The NM Political Report

Lt. Gov. Morales to oversee Public Education for now – Santa Fe New Mexican

Forced resignation hits National Hispanic Cultural Center – Associated Press

The Line: Results Of 2018 PARCC Tests Show Slight Improvement Statewide


July 20, 2018 – The results of the 2018 PARCC tests show that statewide, New Mexico made some slight improvements in math and language arts proficiency, with some school districts dramatically outperforming others. Still, only 31.1% of New Mexico’s students are proficient in reading skills, and only 21.6% in math. PED Secretary Designate Christopher Ruszkowski says the improvements show “what happens when you stay the course.”  But critics, including many educators, say the low numbers show the fault lies in the standardized test itself and call it a poor way to evaluate students’ knowledge.  Gene Grant and the Line opinion debate whether New Mexico should “stay the course,” or seek alternative forms of measuring student achievement.


Line Panelists:

Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB

Dede Feldman, Former NM State Senator

Diane Snyder, former state senator

Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management