May 2, 2019 – Executive Producer Kevin McDonald sits down for New Mexico in Focus’ first one-on-one with the state’s new secretary of the Public Education Department, Karen Trujillo. They talk about her vision for educating New Mexico’s children and whether education policymakers need classroom experience.
Guests: Karen Trujillo, New Mexico Secretary of Public Education
March 1, 2019 – Correspondent Gwyneth Doland heads to Santa Fe to explore the nexus of education and tax reform efforts. In response to a judge’s decision that New Mexico hasn’t been spending enough on its public schools, the Legislature has added nearly half a billion dollars to the budget for education. Doland speaks to Senators Peter Wirth and Gay Kernan about how lawmakers are ensuring they do more than just throw money at a problem, and how they’re making certain they can afford the changes in years when the state isn’t flush with oil money. Then she goes to Ortiz Middle School to find out what Santa Fe Public Schools expects to change after the Legislature adjourns.