Tag Archives: PED

The Line: NM’s Public Education Department And Failing Schools

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May 25, 2018 – New Mexico’s Public Education Department believes it knows the best way to fix four struggling elementary schools, three of which are in the APS district. But the Legislative Education Study Committee says the PED may not legally have the final say on any intervention plans. Is this actually a problem with the legislature and unclear state laws? Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the issue and discuss options for addressing concerns in some schools.

For Further Reading:
State law on fixing failing schools is unclear  Albuquerque Journal

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Sophie Martin, attorney
Zackary Quintero, J.D. candidate, UNM’s School of Law; community organizer; president, Young Democrats of New Mexico

The Line: Public Funds For Private School Textbooks

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May 11, 2018 – In 2015, after a years-long lawsuit, the New Mexico Supreme Court found in favor of the plaintiffs and ended the state practice of allowing about $1 million in public funds to pay for textbooks and related materials at private – including some religious – schools. The New Mexico Association of Nonpublic Schools appealed – and the U.S. Supreme Court recently sent the case back to our state’s highest court.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate what should be done next, now that the ball is back in the New Mexico court.

Line Panelists:
Lonna Atkeson, professor, UNM Political Science Department
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Eric Griego, former state senator
Giovanna Rossi, president of Collective Action Strategies and
host of The Well Woman Show