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.
February 22, 2019 – The Legislature has been working on proposals to fund K-12 public schools in light of a district court decision that said the state has been underfunding schools for years. The judge has given a deadline of April 15 to come up with a plan that meets all mandates. While lawmakers are drafting a state budget for the next fiscal year that puts close to $500 million dollars into public education, advocates say the budget still falls short. How much money is enough? And should the focus be the changes that need to be made, before figuring out the price tag? Gene Grant and the Line panelists voice their opinions on the education proposals and whether the April 15 deadline can realistically be met.
Line Panelists: Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
Giovanna Rossi, president, Collective Action Strategies; host, “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)