This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus looks at why it is important for students who identify as Latino, African American, Native American or Asian to see their culture reflected in textbooks, lessons and images in their classroom. A panel of local leaders talk about current efforts and potential changes that might better reflect culture and the diverse communities of New Mexico in our schools.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the connection private prison operators have with immigrant detention centers in New Mexico, debate the consequences of Santa Fe’s scathing audit, and discuss the high cost of rent compared to low wages in New Mexico.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show 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.

Studio Guests
Kara Bobroff, founder/principal of the Native American Community Academy and executive director of the NACA Inspired Schools Network
Christopher Ramirez, Together for Brothers
Mandisa Routheni, fellow, Institute for Policy Studies
Diane Torres-Velásquez, UNM professor and president, Latino Education Task Force

Line Panelists
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter    
Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM

Sarah Gustavus

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. 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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