Funding for public early childhood programs is tight around New Mexico, and it’s disproportionately students of color who miss out. Allen Sanchez of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops sparked debate last week when he told an Associated Press reporter that systemic racism is a factor in why legislation that could have fixed the problem didn’t get a fair shake.
This year’s 30-day legislative session wrapped up last week. It was a budget year, but lawmakers also considered legislation to address issues like education and public safety. We'll take a look at what happened this year at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, then we'll step back and spend the rest of the hour looking at programs and organizations around the state that are addressing some of the most persistent problems in our communities – from poverty to a lack of access to health care.
The Children's Hour Sat 2/24 9a: History is being made every day, and kids are part of the story. 14 year old Donovan Smith, an unsung hero of black history himself, will tell us about his latest efforts in making Albuquerque a better place to live. Plus, we’re hearing about kids leading the way in Florida and around the world to make schools safer, but this isn’t the first time kids have been on the front lines for their rights.
Sat. 2/24 12p: Join host Pamelya Herndon for a special tribute to Black History Month. Our guests will be Dr. Cynthia Warrick , President of Stillman College and Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College, the first African American women to serve as President of these Historically Black Colleges. We'll also be joined on the show by Melisande Short-Colomb, one of the descendants of the 272 slaves that Georgetown Priests sold in 1838 to help pay off Georgetown University's debt....
Drought Forces Painful Choices For New Mexico Ranchers - The Associated Press Some stretches of New Mexico have gone months without meaningful moisture, leaving farmers and ranchers to make difficult decisions as long-term forecasts call for drought to intensify across the already arid state.