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Albuquerque Public Schools plans to open a new program next month for students who don’t speak English and have little to no prior formal schooling. But some say that program is set up for failure. Dozens of advocates and students gathered Monday evening in Albuquerque’s South Valley to call for more transparency and accountability in the way APS designs educational services for immigrant and refugee children.  

Washington Middle School

The Children's Hour: Kids from Mrs. Hawks Spanish Language Arts class at Albuquerque's Washington Middle School talk about the meaning of the words in the Pledge of Allegiance, recent flag and pledge protests, DACA, and patriotism. With music by Wagogo, Los Tigres del Norte, Sonia De Los Santos, Peter Lenton & Friends, Keith Munslow, Yosi, Bob McGrath, Randy Kaplan, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Dog on Fleas, and The Roches. The Children's Hour broadcast date: Oct 21, 2017

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UPDATE 10/11: The APS Board voted 5-1 to send the letter of opposition to the new standards to the state Public Education Department. 

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New Mexico’s largest school district could next to express disapproval of the state’s proposed new education standards.

The Albuquerque Public Schools board is expected to vote on Tuesday on whether to send a letter of opposition to the standards to the state Public Education Department.

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Sat. 4/15 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, Mrs. Hawk's fifth grade class teach us about the history of their school. Just north of Old Town, Duranes Elementary is one of Albuquerque's oldest public schools. Many of these students have parents and grandparents who attended Duranes.  These kids are sure to inspire other students to learn more about their own schools. 

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President Trump eliminated protections for transgender students that allow them to use the bathroom of their choice on Wednesday. In New Mexico’s largest school district, those rights are preserved. 

Families Ask APS To Reaffirm 'Safe Haven' Policies

Jan 19, 2017
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As Donald Trump prepares to take office, many immigrant families are concerned about his promise to ramp up deportations.

At an Albuquerque Public Schools board meeting Wednesday night, dozens of community members asked the district to reaffirm its commitment to its “safe haven” policy for students.

Funding Ends For Five School Clinics

Apr 20, 2016

Five health clinics housed in public schools are set to lose their state funding this summer. Now the state health department is trying to decide where they’ll send students who use the school-based health centers.

DOH Closing Two School-Based Health Centers

Apr 6, 2016
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School-based health centers are clinics housed in public schools that offer primary care, counseling, family planning and other services and the New Mexico Department of Health is closing several of them in the Albuquerque area.

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Governor Susana Martinez has ordered a review of background check policies in all New Mexico school districts after a man with pending criminal charges was hired into a top administrative post in Albuquerque. 

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The Albuquerque Board of Education signed off on hiring the district’s next superintendent. The local teachers union approves the board’s choice.

By mid-summer Luis Valentino will be at the helm of the Albuquerque Public School District. 

Ballots To Be Cast For School Board

Feb 2, 2015
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Folks scattered throughout New Mexico will have the opportunity to cast their votes February 3rd in school board elections.

On Tuesday voters will elect school board members in 89 school districts across the state.

The non-partisan candidates must live in their district and be willing to serve a four year term without receiving payment for their work.

School boards hire superintendents, craft school policy and keep tabs on how a district's money is spent.

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New Mexico is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to measurements of child wellbeing–49th according to the Kids Count Report.

Thursday at 7p on New Mexico PBS, a panel explores early childhood education as a possible solution. It's this month's episode of Public Square, a monthly public affairs program where civic dialogue takes center stage.