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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

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ABQ Youth: Plenty of Ways to "Be All You Can Be"

August 8, 2008

Albuquerque, NM - New Mexico youth organizers plan a surprise demonstration at the Coronado Mall Saturday to help high school graduates understand the options they have open to them - besides joining the military. The demonstrators argue that military recruiters too often target minority and low-income high school students, who fail to see the other avenues available to them.

Tracy Chacon recently graduated from Highland High, and she says it's a message that doesn't reach all students.

"Where I grew up, there really aren't a lot of people telling you that you have options and that you can go to college. You hear more about the military than you do about going to college."

Chacon says she considered enlisting, but when she read the fine print, she changed her mind.

"The military does have options for you go to college, but more and more my friends are getting sent to Iraq. I wondered how they are going to go to college in Iraq? I realized that's not what I want for my life."

The rally organizers say there are plenty of scholarship, loan and job training opportunities available to young people. Military officials deny targeting recruits by race or economic status.

The demonstration begins at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by a press conference across the street at the offices of the Albuquerque Public Schools.

Eric Mack/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - NM