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Local News
4:26 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Gov. Martinez Highlights Bipartisanship

Gov. Susana Martinez' campaign staff awaits her arrival on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Marisa Demarco

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez secured a second term last night, beating her Democratic challenger Gary King handily. Martinez emphasized bipartisanship during her acceptance speech at the Marriott in Albuquerque, which was packed with Republicans from around the state.

As Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela introduced Gov. Martinez late Tuesday night, he focused on her heart—perhaps a nod to opponent Gary King’s maligned comment about the governor’s not being Latino enough. 

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Local News
6:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Educator Questions Her Party Affiliation

Republican Jo Ann Goodwin is an educator and questions some of the changes she has seen under the the Martinez administration.
Credit Olympia School District, State of Washington

 

Jo Ann Goodwin lives in Carrizozo where she says she follows politics year round. Even though she's a registered Republican she has not been pleased with the initiatives of Education Secretary-Designate Hannah Skandera.

Goodwin is a special education teacher and she says the student testing and new teacher evaluation system is ridiculous and has her questioning who to vote for.

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The Children's Hour
3:35 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Poop Happens, Then What?

Inside the San Juan - Chama Drinking Water Treatment Plant
Credit Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

  

 Sat. 10/25, 9am:  It all comes out in the end, they say, and when it does, where does it go? We learned exactly what happens with Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority educator Sharon Savinski. Plus, we explored the methane world of flatulence. It stinks!  

Call-In Show
2:13 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Public Education Reforms And The Election

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Thu. 10/2 8am: The New Mexico Public Education Department has recently instituted many education reforms.  Do you believe these reforms will have a positive impact? Will a candidate's stance on education-related issues influence your vote this November?  Join us on the call-in show as we talk with experts, candidates and you, about the role education issues may play in the upcoming election.

 Guests:

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Public Health New Mexico
5:34 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Poverty On The Rise In New Mexico

Credit US Census Bureau

New Mexico had the country’s second-highest poverty rate in 2013, according to a report released today by the United States Census Bureau. The bad numbers for our state come as poverty rates are falling in the country as a whole.

 

Poverty in New Mexico increased more than a full percentage point between 2012 and 2013, with nearly 22 percent of residents here earning less than the federal poverty wage during that period.

 

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The Children's Hour
1:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Rio Grande, Past, Present & Future

The Rio Grande is the heart of New Mexico
Credit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Grande

Sat. 7/19, 9am:  The Rio Grande is the heart of New Mexico. We'll learn how the river looked in the past, what it's doing now, and what we can expect for the future. The Rio Grande stretches a magical 2,401 miles, from its source in Colorado, all the way to the far southern border of the United States. Joining us is Jennifer Scheutz from the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project.  Plus, the cast of James and the Giant Peach will roll through the studio.

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Local News
3:49 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Taos Teacher Rebuffs Bonus

Taos High School teacher Francis Hahn turned down thousands of dollars from the state saying everyone from custodians to cooks to middle school teachers are responsible for a student's success.

  

A Taos High School Advanced Placement English teacher has turned down a $5,000 bonus from the state education department, criticizing Governor Susana Martinez’s education initiatives.

When Francis Hahn received a letter from the Public Education Department informing him that his application for a stipend for teaching AP students had been approved, he was confused. The literature and composition teacher had never heard of the bonus, so he made some calls and found out the reward was based on his students’ AP test scores from a couple of years ago.

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The Children's Hour
9:50 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Internet Media Literacy for Kids

Summertime checklist for parents
Credit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Sat. 6/28, 9am:  How safe are kids online?  Learn with the Media Literacy Project about internet safety and media literacy for kids of all ages.  We'll explore what social media safeguards are in place, and what you need to do to keep your privacy and safety intact.  

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Local News
5:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Lawsuit: Parents Demand More Money For Education

A lawsuit filed against the State of New Mexico on behalf of parents and students is calling for more money to go towards education.

Parents frustrated by a lack of funding for public schools filed a lawsuit this week against the state of New Mexico, saying it's violating the constitution by not providing enough money for education. 

Gail Evans, director at The Center on Law and Poverty, says the state constitution mandates that schools are required to provide sufficient and uniform education to all students. A bipartisan report from 2008 showed that schools across New Mexico were underfunded by 15 percent. Since then, funding has been cut even further.

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The Children's Hour
9:01 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Green Roofs & What is a Scientist?

A green roof in the desert
Credit Ed Caldwell / sunset.com

  Sat. 3/22, 9am:  We'll explore what is a scientist and what do scientists do all day?  Plus we'll talk about Green Roofs, and how growing plants on our buildings helps the environement.  

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The Children's Hour
1:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Hug an Engineer Day!

Senator Martin Heinrich, Explora and fractals
Credit Katie Stone

 

 2/22, 9am:  It's National Engineering Week, and we are honoring engineers among us, including Senator Martin Heinrich who will join us in the studio along with folks from Explora Science Museum and the Fractal Foundation. 

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The Children's Hour
5:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Eugene Field Elementary: Perspective Taking in History

Some of Ms. Hawes' 5th graders joined us in the studio at KUNM
Credit Katie Stone

Fifth graders from Eugene Field Elementary School in Albuquerque were on the show January 25th, 2014 examining different points of view in relation to three holidays: Labor Day, Mexican Independence Day and Columbus Day. There's two sides (at least!) to every story.

    

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The Children's Hour
8:48 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Celebrating Black History with Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy, Poet Laureate of Albuquerque
Credit Justin Thor Simenson / http://hakimbe.com

  2/15, 9am: Albuquerque's Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy will celebrate Black History Month with us with plenty of poetry and stories about the childhoods of famous black leaders. Plus This Day in History, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and our calendar of family friendly events. 

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The Children's Hour
7:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Media Literacy for Kids

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2/8, 9am: Kids will learn media literacy skills this Saturday with the lessons brought to us by the Media Literacy Project. 

Public Health New Mexico
6:40 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

New Mexico in Last Place for Child Well-Being

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UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, at 1 p.m.: SJR 12 is stuck in committee. A measure that would tie the state's minimum wage to inflation passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House.

Today marked the start of the legislative session and Celebrating Children and Youth Day at the Roundhouse.

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Entertainment
8:27 am
Fri November 8, 2013

GET SPACED OUT ON THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

Comet ISON on the morning of Oct. 8, seen with the 0.8-meter Schulman Telescope at the University of Arizona SkyCenter atop Mount Lemmon.
Credit Credit: Adam Block / http://CaelumObservatory.com

Sat. 11/9, 9am:   

Get spaced out with us on The Children's Hour, where we'll learn about Comet Ison and the many opportunities you have to see it. Folks from the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will give us information about this comet, and the two others in our skies right now. Plus, we'll have the good people from Recycle Santa Fe with all you need to know about the nation's largest and oldest recycled art market. Join us at 9am, every Saturday morning!

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Local News
2:40 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NM Offers Incentives For Teachers Who Move To Struggling Schools

Credit Alegri

Governor Susanna Martinez announced a new program yesterday offering some New Mexico teachers an extra $5,000 if they agree to work in a struggling school or increase the number of students passing advanced placement courses. 

The stipends will be awarded to about 100 teachers who agree to move from a school with an A or B grade to one with a D or F. An additional 300 teachers instructing Advanced Placement classes will also be eligible for the incentive.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Institute Of American Indian Arts To Launch MFA Program

Credit Institute of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts will launch its first graduate program this summer. The Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing will be the first program of it’s kind at any tribal college in the nation.

The two-year program will focus heavily on writing in a number of genres, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, or IAIA, says there are nearly 30 candidates admitted for the program, which officially opens at the end of July.

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Native America Calling
12:45 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Dropping Out is a Drag

10/27 at 11am: Statistics show that Native American students drop out of school at twice the rate of their non-Native peers. Whether they live on the reservation or off, Native American students are choosing to leave school because their needs are not being met by the schools they attend or because of difficulties in their personal lives at home. 

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Native America Calling
5:37 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Tribal Leaders and Education

Wed. 10/26 at 11a:  The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is holding its annual convention in Albuquerque, NM. One of the key questions at the conference is, “are tribal governments and tribal leaders ready to support the education of their tribal members?”

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KUNM Local
6:16 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

Single-Sex Education: Fix or Folly?

In the last eight years the number of U.S. public schools offering all-boys or all-girls classes has skyrocketed from about 11 to well over 500. So far, very few of those are in New Mexico. Supporters say, with boys falling behind, single sex education is an issue of social justice. Others say it's nothing short of illegal.

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