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Dr. Felisha Rojan-Minjares

 

When patients are faced with bias and racism, they can end up receiving poor treatment or get a wrong diagnosis. But over the years, more and more medical schools have introduced cultural competency training to try to address these issues. At the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, students have been learning how to treat diverse patients for more than a decade.

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In New Mexico, computer science courses are not mandated by the state. Many schools in metropolitan areas offer these courses, but few rural school districts do. However, one rural school district has turned to New Mexico’s Supercomputing Challenge, an annual science and engineering competition, to offer computer science education.

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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.

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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. 

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The Native American Community Academy broke ground for their new high school Wednesday afternoon on the Central New Mexico Community College main campus in Albuquerque.

Kara Bobroff, the executive director and founder of NACA, said the new building will help promote exchange between CNM and the Academy.

Let's Talk Education And The State Budget

Feb 7, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 2/8 8a: Call now (505) 277-5866. Most New Mexico lawmakers might agree that improving education for our children is a top priority. But in a year when the state’s oil and gas revenues are up, there’s no consensus on just how much money schools need, where that money should come from or how it should be spent. How could our laws and state spending better serve students? This week on Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’re talking education and the state budget. Join us Thursday morning at 8 on KUNM. Call in live during the show or tweet using #LetsTalkNM.

Grammy Nominees 2018

Jan 24, 2018
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The Children's Hour, Sat 1/27 9a: With the Grammys being awarded on Sunday, we wanted to hear from some of the nominees, including the ones up for best children’s album. Plus we’ll celebrate the birthday of one of the world’s most prolific child prodigies, the composer, pianist and violinist, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Does listening to Mozart really make you smarter? 

Kids In The Roundhouse

Jan 17, 2018
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In New Mexico, the 30 Day legislative session has begun, but what do kids have to do with it? We talked with state senator Bill O’Neill and some of the Wild Friends New Mexico about how kids can be part of the legislative process. Originally broadcast Jan 20, 2018

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Gov. Susana Martinez will give the final State of the State address of her second term on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the start of the legislative session. She’ll likely be framing her legacy as someone who’s been tough on crime.

Media Literacy

Jan 10, 2018

What is it to be media literate? This show was originally broadcast in 2002 with the late, legendary Bob McCannon, who was an expert in educating kids about being media savvy. 

SFPS Looks To Beef Up Digital Education

Dec 1, 2017
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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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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. Originally broadcast Oct. 14, 2017

Let's Talk Equal Access To Education

Aug 29, 2017
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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. 

Major Education Lawsuit Heads To Trial

Jun 12, 2017

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.  

Hannah Colton

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 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. 

Hannah Colton

 

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.

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