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Let's Talk How New Mexico Is Failing To Educate At-Risk Students

Hannah Colton / KUNM
La Mesa Elementary School in Albuquerque, NM.

Let's Talk New Mexico 7/26 8a: A new chapter in the fight over educational equity in New Mexico has begun. On July 20, 2018, a judge ruled that the state has violated the rights of at-risk students by failing to provide an adequate education. We'll speak with advocates and lawmakers about what the landmark decision means. What does an adequate education mean to you? And how can the state provide it to all students? 

The New Mexico Public Education Department plans to appeal, insisting the state spends plenty of money on programs to improve student outcomes. But with less than six months before a new governor takes office, the state could still be on the hook for the judge's April 2019 deadline to come up with a plan for change. 

  • How is the state failing Native American students, English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged students and those with disabilities?
  • What specific changes do the plaintiffs believe would make things fairer for at-risk students?
  • How will state lawmakers and candidates for governor respond?

Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show at 277-5866 (in the Albuquerque area) or 1-877-899-5866. 

Hannah served as news director at KUNM and reported on education, Albuquerque politics, and anything public health-related. She died in November 2020.
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