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Reflections On Ramadan

Jun 23, 2017
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Sun 06/25 7p: Join us this Sunday as we focus on Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, and introspection, to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. We speak with Sahibzada Muzaffar-Uddin and Seemi Merza to find out more about Ramadan and what it means to them. Next, we keep you up to date with local events and then continue with our Resistance Headlines, highlight actions of resistance from the past week. Be sure to join us live on KUNM 89.9 FM, or online at KUNM.org.

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Lawmakers and educators in New Mexico have been talking about the achievement gap in public schools for years—and trying to figure out how to close it. Testimony in a landmark education trial underway in Santa Fe touched on early childhood education programs this week. The lawsuit says they’re crucial to making sure students of color, children from families with low incomes and English language-learners succeed. But those programs aren’t widely available. 

Major Education Lawsuit Heads To Trial

Jun 12, 2017

Two civil rights groups are taking New Mexico’s public education system to court. They say the state doesn’t fund education well enough, doesn’t provide the right programming and is violating some students’ rights.

The trial started Monday in Santa Fe. 

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People around the globe demonstrated and marched for workers rights on Monday in celebration of International Workers Day. In Albuquerque, hundreds gathered in Tiguex Park. The rally highlighted how education, labor and immigrant rights are entwined in New Mexico.  

Hannah Colton

Governor Susana Martinez this week promised that higher education will get its funding back in a special session she’ll call soon. That’s after university leaders called on her to restore nearly $750 million dollars she vetoed from next year’s proposed state budget. 

Every day in this country students come to school without a way to pay for lunch. Right now it's up to the school to decide what happens next.

Since new legislation out of New Mexico on so-called lunch shaming made headlines, we've heard a lot about how schools react.

Governor Martinez Draws Line Against Tax-And-Spend Bills

Apr 8, 2017
Heath Haussamen

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez stripped all funding for the state Legislature along with state universities and colleges from a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, using her veto pen Friday to escalate a confrontation with lawmakers over how to shore up shaky state finances.

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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. 

Hannah Colton

 

The Public Education Department has been unwavering in its focus on using standardized tests to “raise the bar” for education in New Mexico.

State Senators recently approved a resolution that proposes a new paradigm of student assessment.

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New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system has seen fierce pushback from teachers unions since it was created by Governor Susana Martinez’ administration back in 2012. It uses student testing for 50 percent of a teacher’s rating; the other half is based on classroom observations, attendance and other measures.

The usefulness of accountability systems like New Mexico’s is in doubt from multiple sides of the education reform debate.

KUNM Special 8/3 8a: KUNM has been investigating the impacts of heroin addiction on children and families in Rio Arriba County, N.M. The region's had one of the country’s highest overdose rates for decades. Ed Williams' reporting follows the lives of families and community health leaders, providing an intimate view of the opioid epidemic from the perspective of the people who have been living through it for generations.

Hannah Colton

Charter schools in New Mexico run the gamut – from National Blue Ribbon Schools, to several that have been closed due to mismanagement. Governor Susana Martinez joined a national campaign focusing on school choice this week.

All-Day Children's Programming On New Mexico PBS

Jan 23, 2017
PBS

When you think of children's television programming, PBS probably comes to mind first.  From Sesame Street to the glory days of The Electric Company, PBS has been a stable for children's educational programming for decades.  

Heath Haussamen / New Mexico In Depth

Gov. Susana Martinez delivered this year’s State of the State address on Tuesday, which also marked the start of the legislative session. 

Weather Or Not

Dec 14, 2016
National Weather Service Albuquerque

Sat 12/17, 9a:  The Children's Hour will have meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque to talk about the temperatures across the globe.  It may be freezing in the morning, but 2016 was anything but cold. Plus, our friends from the Abq BioPark Botanic Gardens have a lot more going on than just the River of Lights. Daytime is gorgeous at the gardens, and there are many activities for families throughout the winter break.  With our family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, great music and so much more: Saturday from 9 to 10am on The Children's Hour.

Union Leader: State Policies Punish Teachers

Dec 13, 2016
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The current teacher shortage across the nation is the worst since the 1990’s. The shortage could continue in New Mexico due to a drop in the number of students enrolled in teacher training programs.

Panquetzaliztli: An Aztec Celebration Of The Season

Dec 8, 2016
Generation Justice

Sun. 12/11 7p: Kalpullli Ehecatl and Ehecatl Aztec Dancers have been educating and entertaining in New Mexico for over 40 years. This Sunday, join us to hear their rhythm and narration from the Aztec Celebration of the Season: Panquetzaliztli. This three part performance refers to the Mesoamerican creation myths and the history behind these traditional Indigenous holiday customs. The play consists of three acts: the retelling of the legend of Huitzilopochitli and Coyolxauhqui, the lyrical version of Panquetzaliztli and the reenactment of Yankwik Tletl.

Dating The Earth

Nov 10, 2016
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How does one date Planet Earth?  How old is the earth, and how do scientists figure out the age of rocks? Geochronologist, Dr. Matt Heizler from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology at New Mexico Tech answers all these questions and many more, including how moon dust is involved in increasing our understanding.  

Plus, we spoke with the National Institute of Flamenco's education director, Jacqueline Garcia about what they offer kids and families. 

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Candidates in this year’s presidential election have been tight-lipped about the fight against an oil pipeline in North Dakota and how demonstrators there are being treated by police. That’s weighing on Sharon Chavez, who is Navajo and Hopi-Tewa. She’s a retired educator who’s lived in San Felipe Pueblo for 47 years. She talked with KUNM about what it means for her as a woman to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

Neither major party presidential candidate has made public education a central theme of their campaign in this year’s election. Still, some voters in New Mexico see education as one of the most important issues in our country.

One of those voters is John Sena, a teacher at Española Valley High School. 

Discipline In Our Schools

Aug 23, 2016
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KUNM Call In Show 8/25 8a: 

Students are back in classrooms across New Mexico. In the coming year, teachers and administrators will have to make decisions about how to discipline students. Is discipline fair in school districts across the state? Are all students treated the same when they are disciplined? Do you have concerns about how your children or grandchildren are being disciplined during the school day? How can we ensure that punishment in schools is equitable, particularly for students of color and students with disabilities? 

Back To School

Aug 16, 2016
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On the Children's Hour, chillier mornings meant it was time to get our brains and bodies ready to receive new and exciting information. During this Back To School Show, we shared anecdotal and musical insight into how to start the school year off right: nutrition, homework survival techniques, and more.  This show was broadcast live from KUNM on August 20th, 2016. 

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There’s expectation in the air when students go off to college—an expectation of independence and learning—and even safety. But for many people on campuses around the country who experience sexual assault or harassment, the illusion of safety can fall away. Now, the federal government has begun looking at why.

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.

Albuquerque's Valle Vista Elementary School 4th Graders from Mrs. Dawson's class joined the KUNM Kids in the studio to talk about how bird watching at the Valle del Oro was a life changing experience. Not only did these kids learn about our feathered friends in the Bosque, but the program enabled them to be citizen scientists. Plus, we found out about a celebration of public art in Albuquerque. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more this week on The Children's Hour. This show broadcast live from the KUNM studios on April 23, 2016.

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.

How To Pay For Early Childhood Education?

Feb 1, 2016
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Lawmakers considered proposals Monday that would use a small share of the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early childhood education, and the measures ran into familiar roadblocks.

For the past five years, some democratic lawmakers have tried to tap into the state’s $14 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early childhood education programs.

Shakespeare And Kids

Jan 6, 2016
Wiki Commons

Sat. 1/9 9am : "Can one desire too much of a good thing?" We think not! Kids from the Early College Academy in Albuquerque bring the Bard to life on The Children's Hour. With live music from Sean Etigson and friends, "We are such stuff as dreams are made on." Join us for a special Shakespearean edition of The Children's Hour, complete with great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. "To be, or not to be" with us on the show. That is the question. 

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This week President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, replacing the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The new law gets rid of many of the standardized testing requirements that had been in place under No Child Left Behind, and gives states more leeway in designing their own education standards.

Public Health New Mexico spoke to U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, who supported the bill, about what the changes mean for our state.

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The University of New Mexico may eliminate a program that trains future educators how to teach natural sciences.

UNM’s Natural Sciences Program has been training primary education majors for 20 years. Professor Mel Strong says students learn not only how to understand natural sciences, but how to teach them as well.

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