PED says school districts promised to follow COVID rules. So where’s the proof?

BY: - April 28, 2022

The New Mexico Public Education Department said superintendents and school boards agreed in writing in 2021 to follow COVID-safe practices, including requirements by PED to install the best possible filters in school buildings to remove COVID-19 from indoor air. But two weeks after Source New Mexico asked to see these written promises from the schools, […]

State risks losing federal money if it’s not spent soon

BY: - April 28, 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, the federal government has allocated more than $26 billion in funding to New Mexico, but much of that money has yet to be spent, and some of it could be lost if the state government fails to appropriate it, the Legislative Finance Committee heard Wednesday. This includes more than […]

Albuquerque school stays ahead of the curve on COVID protections

BY: - April 28, 2022

At the end of the school day on Wednesday at the private Escuela del Sol Montessori School, a student sits reading in a large classroom, right next to a portable air filtration system. Two large fans twirl overhead, and two sets of double doors are open, allowing fresh air to circulate through the space. The […]

Congress expands Brown v. Board of Education historic site beyond Kansas

BY: - April 27, 2022

The U.S. House cleared a bill Tuesday that would expand the Kansas site honoring the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning school segregation, adding National Park Service sites in other states to commemorate their roles in the decision as well. The bill would designate sites related to school desegregation cases in Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina and […]

Want to keep school children safe from COVID? Begin with indoor air, expert says

BY: - April 26, 2022

As New Mexico students went back to in-person classes in 2021, Nissa Patterson could see mothers struggling with how to keep their children safe there. Patterson has been working in public health for the past 20 years and has a master’s degree in children and family public health. Through New Mexico State University, she works […]

The science behind why schools should be removing COVID-19 from the air

BY: - April 26, 2022

Paloma Beamer is an environmental engineer, scientist, and former president of the International Society of Exposure Science. She’s also the mother of a public school student. In the pandemic’s third year, it is still not widely understood that coronavirus is airborne, Beamer said, and that lack of understanding makes it hard to limit people’s exposure. […]


Legendary author Rudolfo Anaya on banning books

BY: - April 20, 2022

Ten years ago, Bless Me, Ultima was being pulled from the shelves in Arizona classrooms as Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program was dismantled.  I was a reporter at Albuquerque’s now defunct alt-weekly. In our rundown brick office, I pulled out the city’s actual phone book. The big old paper version was already like a thing […]

As teen mental health worsens, schools learn how to help

BY: - April 19, 2022

Teen mental health already was deteriorating before the coronavirus pandemic. In the two years since, the isolation, grief and anxiety created by school closures, deaths and loss of family income have led to even steeper declines in children’s mental health, experts say. Awash in federal pandemic relief money—  roughly $190 billion in education and health grants […]


‘Our ancestors risked their lives and freedom’

BY: - April 19, 2022

ODANAH, Wisconsin — It was the blue ceiling that got me. Although St. Mary’s Catholic Church is tiny, its vaulted ceiling soars to an unexpected height. It’s an impossible robin’s egg blue or the hue of a blue sky that could never exist. Unexpectedly, it drove my heart into my throat, where it stayed for […]

LGBTQ community, people of color in the crosshairs of banned book movement

BY: - April 18, 2022

Students in one Pennsylvania school district were not allowed to read a biography of the first Black President, Barack Obama.  In some Tennessee classrooms, a nonfiction comic book about the atrocities of the Holocaust is banned. And one school district in Wisconsin banned from libraries a picture book about a gay rights activist who was […]

CNM workers outraged by withheld raises

BY: - April 14, 2022

Ray Montoya is a maintenance electrician at Central New Mexico Community College. He’s also a steward for the union that represents about 25 custodians, groundskeepers and maintenance staff at the school. He said his fellow workers have been “courageous throughout this pandemic.” They show up even when it snows to make the campus safe for […]

Public asks college board to take trade programs off the chopping block

BY: - April 13, 2022

Students, graduates, faculty and staff gave passionate in-person testimony Tuesday night to fight for Central New Mexico Community College’s trade programs in trucking and jewelry.  They argued that the programs helped change their lives and provide economic opportunities to students from marginalized backgrounds who might have difficulty finding education elsewhere. CNM administrators are trying to […]