Education

Grad workers ask regents to call for UNM to drop legal fight

BY: - November 25, 2021

When representatives of the UNM graduate workers union tried to talk to the school’s governing council on Wednesday afternoon, one regent quickly drove away while four others refused to intervene. The regents gathered Tuesday, Nov. 23, for lunch at Los Poblanos, a high-end restaurant, inn and organic farm in Albuquerque’s North Valley that boasts a […]

UNM appeals grad worker union case to District Court

BY: - November 24, 2021

A year after grad student workers at the University of New Mexico started the process of certifying a workers union to fight for fair wages and health care, the state’s board still hasn’t filed a final order. That’s partly because rather than voluntarily recognizing the union and getting on with bargaining over graduate students’ working […]

COMMENTARY

Embracing all the bad and the good of U.S. history is how we move forward

BY: - November 19, 2021

The Public Education Department held a virtual meeting so that the public could state their support or opposition for the proposed changes in our social studies curriculum for the state of New Mexico last week.   I sat in on the Zoom meeting to offer my opinion and listen to all the feedback provided. And I […]

ABQ officials to begin radar work and plan for a memorial at boarding school gravesite

BY: - November 18, 2021

Listen to the KUNM show Let’s Talk New Mexico hosted by Source NM reporter Shaun Griswold   Changes could be coming to 4-H Park in the area that was used to bury students and staff from the Albuquerque Indian School. Another memorial will be placed in the area of the park where the gravesite is […]

What should be done with the Albuquerque boarding school grave site?

BY: - November 18, 2021

The boarding school era was a dark time in U.S. history, and the Albuquerque Indian School was the second-largest school of its kind in the country. So much of the history is left untold. People who survived the worst era of students being abused for speaking traditional language are no longer alive. But the effects […]

NMSU students to rally Tuesday for better graduate working conditions

BY: - November 15, 2021

LAS CRUCES — Kathy Key-Tello is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in fiction and English at New Mexico State University and a graduate student working as a teaching assistant. Key-Tello suffers from multiple psychiatric disabilities. Unable to afford the health care plan offered by NMSU, she went to the wellness clinic on campus, where […]

CRT opponents upset over NM education proposals ignore Yazzie/Martinez ruling

BY: - November 15, 2021

A nearly six hour public meeting and more than 1,400 written comments show that New Mexicans care about social studies and the direction of education reform in the state.  Somehow present but forgotten by most who spoke in email and during the online meeting on Friday is the Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit that drapes over all education […]

Apsáalooke honor Tomb of Unknown 100 years later

BY: - November 12, 2021

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Virginia — The mid-Atlantic air is in the crisp 40s at 7 a.m. Dew sits on cars and the cool air is refreshing to the lungs. The grass, white steps and walkway to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sparkle when the golden sunrise hits them. It’s quiet at the Tomb of […]

Money won seats on Albuquerque’s school board

BY: - November 4, 2021

The Albuquerque Public Schools district will have four new members joining the school board from campaigns that raised and spent thousands of dollars in races where candidates traditionally spend much less. Three of the four candidates elected last night could push the board in a direction led by GOP influence.  Albuquerque school board members run […]

Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave

BY: - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden presented to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 year-olds, […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised […]

New Mexico PBS to broadcast educational materials to 100 students’ computers

BY: - October 21, 2021

Five New Mexico school districts will take part in a pilot program testing a technology that transmits school work to students’ homes via their television. Transmitters the size of a playing card deck will be sent to 100 families in the districts chosen to test the program. The transmitters will pick up education materials and […]