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Community Groups Gather To Advocate For More Inclusive Newcomer Program

NMiF: Aztec School Shooting

August 3, 2018 – A coalition of community organizations held a press conference in Albuquerque this week to raise concerns about a newcomer program in the Albuquerque Public Schools system.

Kay Bounkea, executive director of the Asian American Family Center, says her group and others had previously shared recommendations for the program. They argued it should include both immigrants and refugees. They also requested that APS help address transportation needs and other needs for families who are struggling financially. Advocates also asked for any newcomer program to focus on high school students who need both language instruction and assistance in catching up on grade-level content. Instead, the newcomer program at La Mesa Elementary School will focus on refugee students in grades K-6.

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The Line: PED Plans To Appeal Education Lawsuit Decision

Gene Grant

August 3, 2018 –  New Mexico’s Public Education Department said it will appeal a ruling, handed down in July, that New Mexico is not adequately funding schools and meeting the needs of all students. Advocates of the ruling, including Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia, have urged the PED not to appeal and to get started on creating a plan to address the issue.  Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the ruling and the potential appeal.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Marco Torrez, UNM student, journalism & mass communications