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1.2.09. Charter schools help jail inmates graduate: Albert Aragon dreams of working in real estate one day, but the 29-year-old jail inmate is a high school dropout who believes employers don't hire people with general equivalency diplomas . . . More from AZCentral.com

2012. New Mexico in focus: Gordon Bernell Charter School: The innovative Gordon Bernell Charter School is transforming lives of those who dropped out of high school and found themselves incarcerated. The school has graduated students from ages 18 to 53. Produced by New Mexico PBS for the American Graduate project . . . More on PBS
3.25.12. New Mexico in Focus: American Graduate Series: New Mexico in Focus producer Matt Grubs goes inside a unique charter school, which is helping inmates earn their diplomas both behind bars and once they get out . . . See KNME's YouTube video
11.15.2013: Diplomas Behind Bars: In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a school is offering high school diplomas–not GEDs–to county jail inmates. Freelance reporter Megan Kamerick reports. . . More on Latino USA
12.24.2013. Charters among top in U.S.: This has been a landmark year for charter schools in New Mexico. Charter schools in this state continue to excel at providing high-quality educational opportunities for students. This is evidenced by the numerous national and state awards and recognitions that our charters receive. Just a few examples of the recognition that New Mexico charters have received this year . . . More in the Albuquerque Journal
5.20.2014. Their hearts into art: Where Juli Cobb teaches, the school uniform is orange, the attendance rate is almost perfect, and the atmosphere can be stressful: “There are doors that clang and dogs that come in and sniff things,” she says . . . More in the Weekly Alibi
6.04.14. Diplomas for detainees: Seven inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center graduated from the Gordon Bernell Charter School on Thursday, a school designed for adults that allows them to take classes while in jail . . . More from the Albuquerque Journal
6.5.2015. Graduates at MDC celebrate their commencement: It was, after all, a commencement ceremony. With Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” filling the air, 10 smiling graduates strode proudly into the room, their black caps and gowns stating the obvious . . . More from the Albuquerque Journal
6.22.14. Another Expansion: The Gordon Bernell charter school, based in Albuquerque, recently figured out how to avoid controversy and successfully expand beyond the boundaries of APS, which authorized and oversees the school . . . More from the Rio Rancho Observer
8.6.14. Alternative schools graded improperly: Each summer educators across the state anxiously await the release of school report card grades. Most leaders of traditional schools are relieved that their grades have improved or maintained . . . More from the Albuquerque Journal
10.22.2018: K-12 change for change's sake a bad plan: Change. I have often said in my work “the only constant is change,” referring to the need for us all to accept life’s unpredictable challenges. Some changes are unavoidable, out of our control and the result of a chain reaction much bigger than ourselves. Other changes are the results of conscious decisions, put into motion by the very choices we make . . . More in the Albuquerque Journal
10.22.2018: Teacher Spotlight: Elizabeth Dorado: “The most meaningful part of teaching for me is learning. Every student I work with, every lesson I create, every unit I design, and every result I analyze makes me grow as a teacher.” . . More on TeachReachNewMexico
10.23.2018: Voices Behind The Vote: Flipping The Script: Lots of people don’t vote because they don’t see candidates they identify with or they don’t think their vote counts for much. KUNM spoke with a student who's got a lot on his mind, including felony charges and an upcoming trial date. Even so, he says he’s getting informed and getting to the polls for the first time this election . . . More at KUNM
2.21.19: Future charter schools in New Mexico in jeopardy. It's something that could impact your child - a bill in the Roundhouse that would stop new charter schools from opening for a few years . . . More at KOAT
2.21.19: Education spending plan could hurt older, at-risk students. Tucked inside a major education bill New Mexico lawmakers are considering is an age cap that would ban public schools from getting funding for students older than 21. . . . More at KOB4
2.21.19: Education bill age cap could shut down school serving adults in jail. SB 1, if approved, will help increase teacher salaries, program expansions and additional days of instruction. . . . More at KUNM
2.22.19: Education bill age cap could shut down school serving adults in jail. SB 1, if approved, will help increase teacher salaries, program expansions and additional days of instruction. . . . More at KUNM
2.27.19: SB1, HB5 will kill vital charter schools. Major changes are coming to education in New Mexico. With a record high budget available, increased spending is not the only paradigm shift apparent as legislators consider sweeping changes across the board.. . . . More at the Albuquerque Journal
3.3.19: Bill may dash inmate hopes at Albuquerque charter school. Nobody has to be in Leilani Maldonado’s life skills class. The women housed in the F-unit at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center can choose whether to attend school .. . . . More at the Santa Fe New Mexican
3.5.19: House passes sweeping education bill with funding boosting for adult learners. State lawmakers, facing an outcry over legislation defining “school-aged” students as those under the age of 22, voted Tuesday to provide a year of funding for programs that help adults get a high school education .. . . . More at the New Mexico Political Report
3.28.19: Hands-on therapy helps students after traumaWhether it’s losing a family member, getting bullied, or witnessing violence, traumatic stress early in life can affect a person’s emotional health well into adulthood. KUNM visited a mental health worker at an alternative high school in Albuquerque to find out how some young adults are working to recover. .. . . . More at KUNM
4.11.19: Individual support crucial for trade students charter schoolThere are as many pathways to a job or career in New Mexico as there are people. Some face more obstacles, though, and if regular high school doesn’t work out, the path can be especially steep. That’s where alternative schools and adult education programs can help. KUNM has this look at one charter high school inside a trade school. .. . . . More at KUNM