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It’s been a long road to the Tokyo Olympics for Albuquerque resident and Highland High School grad Anicka Newell.

The pole vaulter has dual citizenship in Canada where she was named to the Olympic team in 2016 for the Rio de Janeiro games. But Newell says she choked in that competition. Then she had to wait an extra year as the 2020 games were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Her parents, Tim and Marina Peters Newell, said the extra time actually worked in Anicka’s favor. They will watch her compete in the pole vault final at 4 a.m. Mountain Time Thursday from their home in Albuquerque. 

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New Mexico is under court order to better serve at-risk students, including English language learners. This spring marked a shift in Albuquerque Public Schools’ approach to the hundreds of refugees and recent immigrants in the district. 

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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.  

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Research shows that when students see their own culture and history reflected in their classwork, they do better in school. But most Hispanic and Latino students in New Mexico public schools don’t get that experience, at least not in the form of ethnic studies. Some schools have been experimenting with Mexican American and Chicano Studies classes to help kids succeed.  

Pedestrian Fatalities In Low-Income Neighborhoods

Jun 18, 2015
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Around the country, pedestrian deaths are most common in low-income areas. And New Mexico has had the highest average rate of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. for the last few years, according to the CDC. 

Testing Walkout Gains Momentum

Mar 2, 2015
Rita Daniels

More than a thousand students walked out of their classrooms across New Mexico on Monday in protest of a new standardized test. Many of the students said the test robs them of valuable learning time and will ultimately hurt their schools.


Tonight’s episode of Public Square on NMPBS at 7p looks at the benefits of linking schools with the communities they serve. Panelists include Highland High School Principal Marco Harris and Community Engagement Coordinator Janyce Cardenas from Wilson Middle School. In this segment of the discussion, hosted by Megan Kamerick, panelists describe how community schools provide needed support and services to students and their families.