In preparation for New Mexico's 2012 Centennial of Statehood, the Albuquerque Historical Society hosts two former UNM professors, John Mondragon and Ernest Stapleton, who will discuss New Mexico's public education system. The event, which is open and free to the public, is set for Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Lomas Tramway Library, located at 900 Eastridge N.E. (corner of Tramway & Lomas).

Mondragon and Stapleton will describe the beginnings of New Mexico's public education system in the late 1800's, and turning points such as the Legislature's "school equalization funding formula" of the 1970's.

With more than 90 years of combined experience--Mondragon and Stapleton were teachers, principals and administrators with the Albuquerque Public Schools. Stapleton led APS as superintendent in the 1980's. They co-authored the 2005 book Public Education in New Mexico. Mondragon and Stapleton now teach for Highlands University with a specialty in "politics & policy of public education."

Founded in 1947, the Albuquerque Historical Society (AHS) welcomes all who are interested in the history of our city to its monthly programs.  All programs are free. This program is also supported by TACA, the Tricentennial Committee & the NM Statehood Centennial.

For more information, contact Janet Saiers at (505) 299-5019, or email: jsaiers@msn.com