This week on New Mexico in Focus Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with two local experts to hear what education programs and strategies are showing the greatest promise to raise graduation rates and better prepare students for college, careers, and life after high school.  How can lawmakers use the latest research to inform decisions they make during this legislative session? Gustavus also speaks with two members of the New Mexico SAFE Coalition, which is producing report cards on crime legislation during the 2017 session. 

New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with a board member from the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to talk about their Access-O-Meter. These segments are part of the People, Power and Democracy coverage, which examines legislation that addresses ethics, accountability and transparency in the New Mexico state government.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the latest stories in the news, including the newest Homeland Security Department memos that greatly expand immigration enforcement priorities, and the budget plan proposed by New Mexico’s democratic lawmakers. They also look at progress this year on a constitutional amendment to establish an independent ethics commission in New Mexico.

STUDIO GUESTS

LINE PANELISTS

  • Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
  • Dede Feldman, former state senator
  • Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico
  • Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres

CORRESPONDENT

  • Gwyneth Doland
  • Sarah Gustavus

HOST/COMMENTATOR

  • Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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