Discussion Topic: Education

UNM, higher education in desperate need of reform

Our state’s system of taxpayer-funded higher education is in crisis. A few key facts about postsecondary institutions in the Land of Enchantment, and the University of New Mexico in particular, reveal the depth of the problem: • New Mexico spends quite a lot on its...

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Institutional racism or something more complicated?

There has been a lot of talk recently in New Mexico political circles about the extremely touchy issue of racism or institutional racism. As a Catholic, I remain outraged by Allen Sánchez, the lobbyist for the archbishops in New Mexico, asserting that racism was...

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Pre-K programs no match for improved teachers

The Catholic archbishops of New Mexico have become the leading advocates of increasing the money taken out of the state’s “Permanent Fund” in an effort to create a variety of early childhood programs, including “pre-K.” This has been a controversial issue in the...

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New Mexico K-12 Spending Sorely Lacking Transparency

When it comes to understanding and holding government accountable, the first requirement is transparency. The Rio Grande Foundation has been researching and analyzing government in New Mexico for a long time and has thus been among the State’s strongest supporters of...

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School choice needed for education progress in New Mexico

It’s back to school time in New Mexico. But throughout the summer three big education-related headlines have framed education policy issues that will impact our school children this year and for years to come. The recently-completed court hearing as to whether New...

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Commentary: New Mexico can’t sue its way to better schools

By: D. Dowd Muska This article appeared in the New Mexican on June 26, 2017. An article from the opposite perspective appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on June 30. Unlike Muska's clear-eyed article below, Armas' article (linked) is full of hope and goals, but little...

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