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The Line: Unvaccinated School Children in NM

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June 28, 2019 – New Mexico has joined 27 other states in reporting measles cases this year – the highest rate of infection since 1992. And the numbers may grow as more parents choose not to vaccinate their children. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists examine the rising number of unvaccinated school children in our state, due in part to a loophole in New Mexico law. 

Line Panelists:
Michael Barrio, director of advocacy, Prosperity Works
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Dan Foley, former state representative
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm, Inc.

For Further Reading:

Over half of Santa Fe Waldorf School students unvaccinatedAlbuquerque Journal

Threading the Needle – Anti-vaxxers spot a loophole in New Mexico’s immunization law  – Santa Fe Reporter

Immunization Program – New Mexico Department of Health

Education Reform: Money Behind The “Moonshot”

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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.

Guests:

Dr. Veronica Garcia, superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools
Sen. Gay Kernan (R), New Mexico Senate
Sen. Peter Wirth (D), New Mexico Senate