December 6, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion debate the adjustment to small school funding that will see a reduction in financial support of 20% per year until it eliminates the extra money given to small schools in larger districts. The small school allotment was part of a 40-year-old funding formula that was meant to help schools in small, rural districts, but which also had the side effect of benefitting some charter schools in urban areas. The adjustment, passed in the last legislative session, was designed to bring the funding formula back to the original law’s intent, but some schools worry they won’t be able to survive the funding cuts.
Line Panelists: Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Michael Barrio, executive director, Prosperity Works Michael Bird, public health consultant Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies and “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)
October 25, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate the New Mexico Public Education Department’s choice of the SAT college entrance exam to replace the PARCC test as the benchmark for juniors in the state’s public high schools. The Line panelists also discuss how best to align testing with Common Core standards and 21st century skills.
Line Panelists: Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Sophie Martin, attorney
Cathryn McGill, NM Black Leadership Council
Diane Snyder, former state senator