This week on New Mexico in Focus, a chat with Luis Valentino, the new superintendent for Albuquerque Public Schools, who shares his priorities for the district and talks about the role of parents and community members in advocating for students and teachers at the state level.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

The annual Downtown Summerfest is taking place this weekend, but more events are happening in the area than ever before. NMiF takes a look at how activity on Civic Plaza is connected to broader economic development goals.

Also scheduled, a discussion on the trial of two APD officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of James Boyd in 2014; and how a new climate change initiative from the Obama administration, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants, might impact New Mexico.   

Luis Valentino, superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools
Downtown ABQ Main Street board members: Tim Trujillo, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
David L. Silverman, Geltmore, LLC

Line Panelists
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor, DukeCityFix.com
Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
Stephen Spitz, New Mexico People, Places and Ideas, KUNM

Sarah Gustavus

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus along with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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