adult education

courtesy of GBCS

 

UPDATE 1/31 2p: Peña-Hanson says she is no longer supporting both bills and that Gordon Bernell Charter School will focus only on HB 152.

New Mexico lawmakers are considering setting aside $6 million dollars in the higher education budget for some charter schools that educate adults. Last year, legislators changed the K-12 funding formula so public schools can no longer get money for students who are over 21. 

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An in-studio talk with Hannah Colton, public health reporter for KUNM, where we discuss the education proposals on the docket for the 54th session of the state Legislature. We also talk about the governor's plans to increase the quality of the state's early childhood education program, as well as the Opportunity Scholarship proposal that is aimed to help older New Mexicans continue their education. 

Here's the bill for the Early Childhood Education plan, HB 83.

Hannah Colton / KUNM

Tucked inside a major education bill New Mexico lawmakers are considering is an age cap that would ban public schools from getting funding for students older than 21. The idea is that anyone 22-and-up could pursue the GED instead of a high school diploma, but staff and students at Gordon Bernell Charter School (GBCS) in Albuquerque are calling for lawmakers to spare their program.

Overcoming The Stigma Of Illiteracy

May 9, 2016
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Imagine when you walk out of your house the road signs are blank. Billboards, too. You try to order breakfast at that new brunch place, but you have to listen to other customers to figure out what’s on the menu. This is the reality for thousands of New Mexico adults who are struggling to read.