This week on New Mexico in Focus host Gene Grant sits down with New Mexico Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski to talk about the latest news from the Public Education Department. They discuss teacher and student evaluations, other education priorities and the politics around our education system.

Also this week, Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists also have a lively debate over current topics in the news.


  • Christopher Ruszkowski, New Mexico Education Secretary


  • Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
  • Dan Foley, former House minority whip
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
  • Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management       


  • 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, NMiF 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 associate producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

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