We interview Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy. Hakim then reads Queen Latifa's poem, Ladies First.
Hakim Bellamy reads his poem, Hero
Hakim Bellamy reads his Black Family Response, in response to Maya Angelou's poem, Black Family Pledge
In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Hakim and Katie read Oh The Thinks You Can Think
Sat. 2/28, 9am: Albuquerque's first poet laureate, Hakim Bellamy talked about Black History with us. We learned about influential historical leaders, heard excellent poetry, and great music. Plus we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and so much more. Always start your Saturdays with us!
Public education knows no boundaries. Students are affluent and they're poor. They come from rural and urban communities. Some speak English and some are just learning. This week we'll look at how students are affected differently by public education reforms.
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.
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.
Sharon Sivinski from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority tells us all about what happens when we flush
Farts explained by experts
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.