Judge Teachers Honorably

Sep 29, 2015
Olympia School District, State of Washington

Teachers unions filed a lawsuit earlier this year saying that the state Public Education Department’s evaluation of teachers using student standardized test scores is punitive. 

PED recently decided to de-emphasize test scores in teacher evaluations and to make allowances for instructors whose subjects are not evaluated on standardized tests—like music and art.

Commentator Andrea Mays says this is a good first step toward assessing the difficult work teachers do.

i_spec via Compfight CC

An audit released today found weaknesses and deficiencies when it comes to funding requirements for special education. 

Seth Hoffman


The Children's Hour welcomes teacher Seth Hoffman to our studios, who will help all of us get back into the swing of school with a song in our hearts and a smile on our faces. Also, celebrating the birthday of an American culinary legend, Julia Child. Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a calendar of family events, and so much more. Join us!

Teaching Teachers

Jul 24, 2015

Sun. 08/30 11a: Research shows that good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they’re on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers and visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

7.19.15 - Dr. William Barber II (NM Voices For Children)

Jul 20, 2015
NM Voices For Children /

Sun. 7/19 7pm:  Reverend Dr. Barber’s keynote speech at the New Mexico Voices for Children: Kids Count conference that took place on June 29. Reverend Dr. Barber’s powerful speech touches on issues of equality as well as on what it means to speak up for the youth.

Holtzman via Flickr

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced Monday that he will propose legislation to address poverty across multiple generations. 


KUNM Call In Show 6/11 8a: How are the evaluations serving New Mexico's students and teachers? We talked to teachers nearly a year ago about this. A lot has happened since then. We're checking in to see what's changed and whether new teacher evals are working to improve New Mexico's education system.

We want to hear from you! Email, post your comments online or call in live during the show. Guests:

Dinosaurs Of New Mexico

May 15, 2015

Sat. 5/16 9a: Dinosaurs ruled New Mexico for hundreds of millions of years. This week on The Children's Hour, we'll learn about some of the dinosaurs who lived here from 3rd graders in Mrs. Estes class at Albuquerque's Manzano Mesa Elementary School. We'll also have great music, a family events calendar, and the KUNM Kids Birthday Club. You can count on us to start your Saturday right! 

Pajarito Elementary Soaring Eagles

Apr 24, 2015



Saturday at 9am, The Children's Hour features Pajarito Elementary fourth graders telling us what they love about their school. Plus we'll find out about a hopping good time from herpetologist Dr. Tom Giermakowski.  We hope you'll join us. 

Kids Cook

Apr 12, 2015

On Saturday, March 28th, kids from Kids Cook came into our studio to talk about what they've learned when the program came to their schools. 

Grammar Zoo

Apr 10, 2015


The Children's Hour was visited by 2nd graders from Mrs. Phillips' class at Bellehaven Elementary to teach us all about grammar. Plus we raised money for high quality kid's media on KUNM, and we covered what's new at the Albuquerque Zoo.  Join us at 9am every Saturday!

Hakim Bellamy on The Children's Hour

Feb 26, 2015
Courtesy of Mr. Bellamy


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!

Rita Daniels

High-stakes testing at schools across New Mexico begins next week. So far about 500 parents in Albuquerque have opted out of the tests on behalf of their children.

Fifth-grader Anna Gilboard goes to Bandelier Elementary School in Albuquerque. She opted out. The eleven-year old said she’d rather learn than take tests for hours on end.

“I get super stressed about these tests so I don’t do really well on them,” Gilboard said. “I feel like I’m failing my teacher when I do that.”

Fifty percent of a teacher’s evaluation is based on student test scores.

frankieleon via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 2/26 8a: 

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.

We'd like to hear from you!

Email, post your comments below or call in live during the show.


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. 

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.

Poop Happens, Then What?

Oct 21, 2014
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!  

Photo via

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.


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.


The Rio Grande, Past, Present & Future

Jul 17, 2014

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.

Internet Media Literacy for Kids

Jun 26, 2014
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.  


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.

Green Roofs & What is a Scientist?

Mar 19, 2014
Ed Caldwell /

  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.  

Hug an Engineer Day!

Feb 19, 2014
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. 

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.


Celebrating Black History with Hakim Bellamy

Feb 10, 2014
Justin Thor Simenson /

  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. 

Media Literacy for Kids

Feb 7, 2014

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

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.


Nov 8, 2013
Credit: Adam Block /

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!