Santa Fe Reporter

Judge Teachers Honorably

Sep 29, 2015
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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.

Is Tourism Exploitation?

Aug 11, 2015
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Many people believe travel is the geographic cure for what ails us in our daily routines. Physically relocating allows us distance enough from home, and our homelands, to put our lives in clearer perspective.

An Elegy For The American Character

Jul 1, 2015
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As we approach the 4th of July holiday, commentator Andrea Mays says we need to reflect on how racism is a central part of the ‘American character.’

Andrea Mays is an American Studies scholar who lives in Santa Fe. Her bi-weekly column, Here’s The Thing, is published by the Santa Fe Reporter. Find the full piece online here.

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It’s that time of year when people are spending more and more time with their dogs outside in public spaces.

Commentator Andrea Mays says she understands how they can provide companionship, assistance and safety. But she says some dog owners in Santa Fe are failing at good animal stewardship.

Class Of 2015: Setting New Priorities

May 21, 2015
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Commentator Andrea Mays was asked to say a few words of inspiration at a university department’s commencement ceremony earlier this month. So, she did a little research about the prospects for the Class of 2015. 

Hospital, Heal Thyself

May 7, 2015
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New Mexico’s 60 hospitals weren’t rated so well in a recent report from – they didn’t meet a standard of care on par with the top 25 nationally ranked hospitals.

Commentator Andrea Mays says hospitalization, like many experiences in life, is better in the abstract.

Read the full-length commentary here.

Don't Slip On The Peel

Apr 23, 2015
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Many people in the U.S. proclaimed the election of President Barack Obama proof that our nation had become a post-racial society.

But commentator Andrea Mays says Trayvon Martin’s murder, the choke-hold death of Eric Garner, the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and most recently, the killing of Eric Harris in Oklahoma by a white volunteer police officer shows we aren’t there, yet.

What Grows In The Garden

Mar 26, 2015
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As Women’s History Month draws to a close, commentator Andrea Mays had some thoughts about the legacies she’s inherited from women in history.

They’re like important books, she says. They present themselves when we least expect them and when we need them most.

Andrea Mays is an American Studies scholar. She lives in Santa Fe. Her bi-monthly column, Here's The Thing, is published by the Santa Fe Reporter. You can read the full length piece here.  

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Long-time Democratic State Senator Phil Griego resigned while facing an ethics investigation. At issue is a real estate deal that Griego brokered for friends of his who own a hotel in downtown Santa Fe.

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It will come as no surprise that we don’t always know what is going on behind closed doors in government. KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel chatted with reporter Laura Paskus about what public records have revealed about New Mexico’s top environmental regulator.

Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn was appointed by Republican Governor Susana Martinez. Lawmakers confirmed his nomination earlier this year, but even before his cabinet tenure he presided over reductions in the regulation of polluting industries here in New Mexico.