V.29 No.32 | 8/6/2020
How is UNM Going to Work?
A conversation with the new dean of the College of Fine Arts.
It’s going to be a very different year at the College of Fine Arts at UNM, beginning with a new dean, Harris Smith, and obviously, continuing on with new ways to teach given the global pandemic. We sat down with Smith to talk about his background, his goals for the school and how students are going to be able to learn in this very different environment.
The Yellow Brick Road Back to School
Coronavirus, masks and computer screens line the path to Emerald City
APS teachers and school staff return to school on Aug. 5 to prepare for online and in-school teaching, and learning in a sanitized and safe setting that includes social distancing and wearing face masks. While safety must be the main consideration, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to school reopening.
V.29 No.31 | 7/30/2020
Education Secretary On Reopening
PED Secretary told reporters that the department is working on a plan to reopen schools and get kids back into the classroom; the New Mexico Restaurant Association is continuing to battle health orders that ban indoor dining; the federal Bureau of Land Management has been surrendering land in New Mexico and Arizona to the US Army for use in the construction of a border wall.
V.29 No.30 | 7/23/2020
Education Reform Struggles
State fails to dismiss Yazzie/Martinez case, plans to meet court mandate
Last Wednesday, July 15, the NM Legislative Education Study Committee met via Zoom to discuss the Public Education Department’s goals around the Yazzie/Martinez case. Ryan Stewart, New Mexico’s secretary of education, gave a presentation to the committee on the initial steps the PED is taking.
V.29 No.4 | 1/23/2020
Photo by Clarke Condé
Foreign exchange students champion cultural understanding
AFS Intercultural Programs has a critical mission: “to help prevent future conflict through cultural exchange and understanding.” For over 70 years, they have facilitated American students going abroad and foreign students coming to America. We spoke with Rio Rancho high school student Eleyna Maves about her scholarship to go to a Japanese high school and spend a year living and learning about what it is to grow up in that culture.
New programs and administration
With four campuses and a workforce training center, Central New Mexico Community College has been a beacon of light for more than 50 years.
V.28 No.33 | 8/15/2019
Education Reform in New Mexico
The past and the future come together at school
Last summer, a judge ruled public school funding was inadequate and so violated provisions in the New Mexico State Constitution. To come into compliance, the legislature and the governor have appropriated money to address state education shortfalls.
V.28 No.7 | 2/14/2019
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New Mexico News
Paying For Success
Financing dominates debate
Who is going to pay for maintenance improvement and, indeed, a complete re-envisioning of our state’s public education system?
V.28 No.4 | 1/24/2019
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Views from the Bridge
A tale of two visions
Educators and lawmakers are coming out of the woodwork to greet a Legislature primed to change the tree called public education in New Mexico from the roots down below to the leaves up above.
V.26 No.33 | 8/17/2017
New Mexico News
We Don’t Need No Education
No dark sarcasm in the classroom, but closures possible
The state Public Education Department rates schools to identify which ones could experience major overhauls, and that’s causing alarm among some teachers, especially in rural communities.
V.26 No.21 | 5/25/2017
Lawsuit Filed Against State Over School Funding
Lawsuit filed over school funding, pedestrian deaths rise and Peter DeBenedittis runs for governor.
V.26 No.19 | 5/11/2017
N.M. Had the Lowest Graduation Rate in 2015
N.M. had the lowest graduation rate in 2015, Democratic candidates for governor race for nomination and PNM lowers proposed rate increase.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
New Teacher Evaluation Standards Announced
Teacher evaluation standards announced, N.M. leads in births paid through Medicaid and water shortages predicted.
V.26 No.13 | 3/30/2017
The N.M. Medical Cannabis Conference and self-education
The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Conference is an educational seminar aimed at disseminating information on the medical uses, benefits and contraindications of medical cannabis.
V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
APS Recognizes Bilingual Graduates
APS recognizes bilingual graduates, education secretaries absent for budget talks and extraction wells are cleaning the Kirtland jet fuel spill.