Discussion Topic: Education

Las Cruces TV interview: Preview of 2017 legislative session

Paul Gessing was recently in Las Cruces and sat down with Fred Martino of KRWG TV to discuss some of the issues that Rio Grande Foundation is working on and some of the issues facing our State in the 2017 legislative session. The interview is about 15 minutes and can…

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A Dubious Bet on College and Economic Development

This year marks the 20th anniversary of New Mexico’s Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to celebrate. A well-intentioned attempt to boost access to higher learning in the Land of Enchantment, the program was crafted by…

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New Mexico: Land of the Free Lunch (and breakfast)?

The economist Milton Friedman famously said (as have other economists) that there’s no such thing as a “free” lunch. Apparently, Dr. Friedman never visited New Mexico. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, New Mexico has a higher…

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Slew of Bad Rankings Reflect New Mexico’s Difficult Reality

Over the years, New Mexicans have grown used to seeing their state at the bottom of a lot of good lists and at the top of many of the bad ones. This long-term systemic problem has grown worse due to declines in federal spending and employment at the Labs and military…

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‘Political Pay’ at APS is a Bad Deal

Most of the media’s attention has been focused on the ongoing scandal at the top of Albuquerque Public Schools. Unfortunately, an issue with much larger long-term ramifications was voted on by the APS board – minus Peggy Muller-Aragon, who opposed the move. The issue…

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