This week, New Mexico in Focus examines the student protests over the PARCC exam. Students in schools across the state walked out of class to protest the tests. A group of Albuquerque seniors who participated in the protests share their concerns. Also, Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists discuss the current state of student assessments in New Mexico.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. There is no rebroadcast this week due to the annual pledge drive.

Last fall, the Interstate Stream Commission voted to move forward with plans to develop a diversion project on the Gila River. NMIF speaks with Norman Gaume, the former director of the ISC, who opposes the diversion plan and filed a lawsuit against the ISC over violations of the state Open Meetings Act. Craig Roepke, deputy director of the ISC, shares his view on the process of considering a large project over many years.

Gene Grant and the panelists dicuss funding for mental health services in Bernalillo County and calls for the federal government to forbid APD officers engage in "military-style training" at Kirtland Air Force Base.

Norman Gaume, former director of the Interstate Stream Commission
Craig Roepke, deputy director of the Interstate Stream Commission
Dan Yohalem, ACLU of New Mexico
Janelle Astorga, senior at Albuquerque High School
Astrid Carrete, senior at Albuquerque High School
Maya Quinones, senior at Albuquerque High School

Line Panelists
Mark Boitano, former New Mexico senator
Sophie Martin, editor, & attorney
Rob Nikolewski,
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions

Gwyneth Doland, Sarah Gustavus

Gene Grant

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

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