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In Santa Fe, round  two  in a battle over state educational standards exploded Thursday when the Legislative Education Study Committee grilled a state Public Education Department representative on proposed revisions to end of course, or EOC, testing question topics.  The move, coming without advance warning on the part of the PED, has raised the ire of educators,  .. and some of them are sitting on the LESC.  The mood in room 322 of the Roundhouse was tense, when PED deputy secretary and director of teaching quality Matt Montano, began his presentation.  

Wake Up Call November 17

Nov 17, 2017

On today's show, we speak with Senator Martin Heinrich about House Republicans' vote on the tax plan, and we take a closer look at a state Public Education Department move to make changes in history and social studies topics that are on the end of course assessments.

In Washington, House Republicans approved their sweeping tax-cut package Thursday, setting up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach. Senate GOP leaders, after making some revisions this week, are facing mounting dissent and criticism that their tax plan favors corporations and the wealthy. An analysis by Congress' bipartisan tax experts on Thursday concluded the Senate plan would raise taxes for some of the poorest Americans by 2021.

Navajo Times Focuses On Dine Language

Nov 17, 2017

The Navajo Times newspaper this week is focusing on the Navajo—or Dine—language and its future.

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke with Times editor, Duane Beyal Thursday to find out more.

With New Mexico lawmakers recently questioning whether it's necessary to keep funding the commercial spaceport in the southern part of the state….and some politicos calling Spaceport America a “boondoggle,” KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge asked Spaceport CEO Dan Hicks to respond.

Here’s what he said:

 

The group, Bible Way Chaplaincy International presented its Dedicated Service Award to Santa Fe Police Chaplain Jose Villegas on Wednesday.

Villegas is being recognized for his work throughout various agencies, including the Santa Fe Police Department, New Mexico State Police and the Albuquerque Police Department.

Tom Trowbridge spoke with Santa Fe Police Lieutenant Sean Strahon Wednesday about Villegas….and his honor:

KSFR’s Wake Up Call - November 16, 2017

Nov 16, 2017

KSFR’s Wake Up Call is your source in the morning for the world of Northern New Mexico….at KSFR 101.1FM

Here’s today’s show: 

  

The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership is a statewide policy initiative of United Way of Santa Fe County.  The partnership is focused-on creating the public awareness and political will for investment in early learning in the state.

The partnership’s in Santa Fe today as part of its annual statewide tour to discuss the expansion of the New Mexico Pre-K program. The tour includes a visit to the United Way of Santa Fe Early Learning Center at Aspen and a community conversation at Santa Fe Community College.

A proposal to revamp Guadalupe Street between Agua Fria north to Paseo de Peralta is expected to get underway in 2019. KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer spoke with city public works department engineer David Quintana about the proposal, and about a public meeting on the project set for tonight at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz last week introduced the State Public Option Act. It’s bicameral health care legislation that would create a Medicaid-based public health care option on the insurance marketplace.

The Democratic sponsors say will the bill will provide a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.

KSFR’s Tom TrowbridgE spoke with Luján about it on Friday…. and he said he along with co-sponsor Senator Schatz and many others have shared goal.

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MONDAY Nov. 13 - One day, President Donald Trump says the US is ready to destroy North Korea; the next, he says, we’re ready to negotiate. One week, China is a currency manipulator, the next trade imbalances are all America’s fault. Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of the new book, One National After Trump tracks the zigs and zags. TUESDAY Nov. 14 - Almost all the experts agree, there is no viable military solution to America’s nuclear crisis with North Korea...

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