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Officials in Santa Fe Public Schools are hoping voters will approve a bond next year to help pay for digital learning programs in classrooms.

The superintendent touted the district’s program at an event Thursday night. 

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Thc Children's Hour: Learn about the porcupines of the Rio Grande Valley with biologist Dan Shaw and some of his team of student scientists. These elusive furry rodents are hanging out along the river, and are often misunderstood and feared. Porcupines! Originally broadcast November 11, 2017 with music by Zee Avi, Bayou Seco, Artichoke  and Trepsi. 

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Think New Mexico has released their latest report along with a new initiative to improve the state’s public schools by moving over $100 million from school district administrative offices to the classrooms.  Founder and Executive Director, Fred Nathan, spoke with KUNM’s Chris Boros.

Mapping The Ocean Floor

Oct 12, 2017
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Sat 10/14 9a:  Next time on The Children's Hour, learn how scientists map the bottom of the ocean. We’ll find out from Albuquerque teacher Helen Haskell, who spent the summer onboard a ship conducting hydrographic surveys of the American coastline in Alaska with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/31 8a: Call now 277-KUNM or 277-5866. You can also call toll-free 1-877-899-5866. Are all New Mexico’s students getting the same quality education? A lawsuit against the state says the answer is no, and that low-income kids, kids who speak languages other than English, and kids with disabilities aren't getting their fair share.

Families Fight For Education

Aug 11, 2017
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Sun 08/13 7p: Join us this Sunday as we speak with Dr. Diane Torres-Velasquez, President of the Latino Education Task Force and Associate Professor at the UNM School of Education, about her perspective on the ongoing Martinez v. State of New Mexico lawsuit. Next, we keep you up to date with local events and then continue with our Resistance Headlines, highlight actions of resistance from the past week. Be sure to join us live on KUNM 89.9 FM, or online at KUNM.org. If you are unable to join us on Sunday, we do make our podcasts available Mondays on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Assistance Dogs of the West

8/12 Sat 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, the studio will go to the dogs, and their masters. Learn about assistance dogs with our friends from Assistance Dogs of the West. Plus, young New Mexican author Marisol Paramo talks with the KUNM Kids about her first book.  With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more.  The Children's Hour is for kids of all ages! 

Rebuilding Narratives For Empowerment

Jul 26, 2017
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Sun 07/30 7p: Join us this Sunday as we focus on Rebuilding Narrative for Empowerment! We speak in-depth with Co-Directors Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld of the Building Movements Project (BMP) about their recent report on how the nonprofit sector has left people of color out of leadership roles and ways to solve it.

Decolonizing New Mexico Education

Jul 25, 2017
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Sun 07/23: Listen in for an in-depth discussion with Edward Tabet-Cubero, Executive Director of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and Regis Pecos, Chief of Staff to the NM Speaker of the House and Co-founder of the Leadership Institute, about the effects of colonization on New Mexico's educational system and how it has led to a landmark lawsuit. Don’t miss out and tune in at 7 p.m. on KUNM 89.9 FM or online at KUNM.org to join us live.

Reflections On Ramadan

Jun 23, 2017
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Sun 06/25 7p: Join us this Sunday as we focus on Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, and introspection, to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. We speak with Sahibzada Muzaffar-Uddin and Seemi Merza to find out more about Ramadan and what it means to them. Next, we keep you up to date with local events and then continue with our Resistance Headlines, highlight actions of resistance from the past week. Be sure to join us live on KUNM 89.9 FM, or online at KUNM.org.

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Lawmakers and educators in New Mexico have been talking about the achievement gap in public schools for years—and trying to figure out how to close it. Testimony in a landmark education trial underway in Santa Fe touched on early childhood education programs this week. The lawsuit says they’re crucial to making sure students of color, children from families with low incomes and English language-learners succeed. But those programs aren’t widely available. 

Two civil rights groups are taking New Mexico’s public education system to court. They say the state doesn’t fund education well enough, doesn’t provide the right programming and is violating some students’ rights.

The trial started Monday in Santa Fe. 

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People around the globe demonstrated and marched for workers rights on Monday in celebration of International Workers Day. In Albuquerque, hundreds gathered in Tiguex Park. The rally highlighted how education, labor and immigrant rights are entwined in New Mexico.  

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Governor Susana Martinez this week promised that higher education will get its funding back in a special session she’ll call soon. That’s after university leaders called on her to restore nearly $750 million dollars she vetoed from next year’s proposed state budget. 

Every day in this country students come to school without a way to pay for lunch. Right now it's up to the school to decide what happens next.

Since new legislation out of New Mexico on so-called lunch shaming made headlines, we've heard a lot about how schools react.

Governor Martinez Draws Line Against Tax-And-Spend Bills

Apr 8, 2017
Heath Haussamen / New Mexico In Depth

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez stripped all funding for the state Legislature along with state universities and colleges from a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, using her veto pen Friday to escalate a confrontation with lawmakers over how to shore up shaky state finances.

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President Trump eliminated protections for transgender students that allow them to use the bathroom of their choice on Wednesday. In New Mexico’s largest school district, those rights are preserved. 

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The Public Education Department has been unwavering in its focus on using standardized tests to “raise the bar” for education in New Mexico.

State Senators recently approved a resolution that proposes a new paradigm of student assessment.

Evaluating Teacher Evals In New Mexico

Feb 21, 2017
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New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system has seen fierce pushback from teachers unions since it was created by Governor Susana Martinez’ administration back in 2012. It uses student testing for 50 percent of a teacher’s rating; the other half is based on classroom observations, attendance and other measures.

The usefulness of accountability systems like New Mexico’s is in doubt from multiple sides of the education reform debate.

KUNM Special 8/3 8a: KUNM has been investigating the impacts of heroin addiction on children and families in Rio Arriba County, N.M. The region's had one of the country’s highest overdose rates for decades. Ed Williams' reporting follows the lives of families and community health leaders, providing an intimate view of the opioid epidemic from the perspective of the people who have been living through it for generations.

Governor Celebrates Charter Schools, School Choice

Jan 23, 2017
Hannah Colton

Charter schools in New Mexico run the gamut – from National Blue Ribbon Schools, to several that have been closed due to mismanagement. Governor Susana Martinez joined a national campaign focusing on school choice this week.

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When you think of children's television programming, PBS probably comes to mind first.  From Sesame Street to the glory days of The Electric Company, PBS has been a stable for children's educational programming for decades.  

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Gov. Susana Martinez delivered this year’s State of the State address on Tuesday, which also marked the start of the legislative session. 

Weather Or Not

Dec 14, 2016
National Weather Service Albuquerque

Sat 12/17, 9a:  The Children's Hour will have meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque to talk about the temperatures across the globe.  It may be freezing in the morning, but 2016 was anything but cold. Plus, our friends from the Abq BioPark Botanic Gardens have a lot more going on than just the River of Lights. Daytime is gorgeous at the gardens, and there are many activities for families throughout the winter break.  With our family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, great music and so much more: Saturday from 9 to 10am on The Children's Hour.

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The current teacher shortage across the nation is the worst since the 1990’s. The shortage could continue in New Mexico due to a drop in the number of students enrolled in teacher training programs.

Panquetzaliztli: An Aztec Celebration Of The Season

Dec 8, 2016
Generation Justice

Sun. 12/11 7p: Kalpullli Ehecatl and Ehecatl Aztec Dancers have been educating and entertaining in New Mexico for over 40 years. This Sunday, join us to hear their rhythm and narration from the Aztec Celebration of the Season: Panquetzaliztli. This three part performance refers to the Mesoamerican creation myths and the history behind these traditional Indigenous holiday customs. The play consists of three acts: the retelling of the legend of Huitzilopochitli and Coyolxauhqui, the lyrical version of Panquetzaliztli and the reenactment of Yankwik Tletl.

Dating The Earth

Nov 10, 2016
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How does one date Planet Earth?  How old is the earth, and how do scientists figure out the age of rocks? Geochronologist, Dr. Matt Heizler from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology at New Mexico Tech answers all these questions and many more, including how moon dust is involved in increasing our understanding.  

Plus, we spoke with the National Institute of Flamenco's education director, Jacqueline Garcia about what they offer kids and families. 

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Candidates in this year’s presidential election have been tight-lipped about the fight against an oil pipeline in North Dakota and how demonstrators there are being treated by police. That’s weighing on Sharon Chavez, who is Navajo and Hopi-Tewa. She’s a retired educator who’s lived in San Felipe Pueblo for 47 years. She talked with KUNM about what it means for her as a woman to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

Neither major party presidential candidate has made public education a central theme of their campaign in this year’s election. Still, some voters in New Mexico see education as one of the most important issues in our country.

One of those voters is John Sena, a teacher at Española Valley High School. 

Discipline In Our Schools

Aug 23, 2016
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KUNM Call In Show 8/25 8a: 

Students are back in classrooms across New Mexico. In the coming year, teachers and administrators will have to make decisions about how to discipline students. Is discipline fair in school districts across the state? Are all students treated the same when they are disciplined? Do you have concerns about how your children or grandchildren are being disciplined during the school day? How can we ensure that punishment in schools is equitable, particularly for students of color and students with disabilities? 

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