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Public News Service - NM: Early Childhood Education

New Mexico students are required to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, but there's concern about whether the results truly reflect a school's quality. (The Inspired Classroom)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The head of New Mexico's teachers' union says the growing divide among public schools getting 'A' grades and those getting 'F's' on assessment tests is a sign the testing system doesn't work. New Mexico is one of nine states that still use the controversial PARCC tests - Par

New Mexico students return to the classroom this week as a judge decides whether the state will be required to change the way public schools are funded. (teacher.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Teachers in New Mexico facing larger class sizes and fewer resources when they return to the classroom this week hope a pending judgment in a lawsuit will force the state to do something about the situation. The lawsuit alleges the state's education system fails to meet its

A new report ranks New Mexico 49th in the nation for children's well-being, and family advocates are working to determine how to improve that. (Pixabay/Creative Commons)

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – New Mexico is second to last among states in rankings for children's well-being just out today. The Annie E. Casey Foundation compiles 16 indicators of how kids and families are doing in terms of the economy, education, health and community conditions in its 2017 KIDS COU

The State Preschool Yearbook shows how well - or not - early-childhood education is being provided across the country. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The annual State of Preschool yearbook was released by the National Institute of Early Education Research this week, and it shows varying quality and quantity of pre-kindergarten education between the states in 2016. Steve Barnett is the director of the Institute at Rutgers

Unusual circumstances in the New Mexico Legislature have family advocacy groups in the state hoping for more education funding. (Public Domain/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's Legislative Council hasn't ruled out the possibility of suing Gov. Susana Martinez ahead of a potential special session of the Legislature. And family advocates are watching closely, hoping for a resolution that helps education in the state. Lawmakers passed a b

Critics say New Mexico’s 2017 state budget under-funds programs for children, including schools, social services and health care. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Children's advocates say they are deeply disappointed with the 2017 state budget approved last week by the New Mexico Legislature. Lawmakers passed a $6.2 billion budget that includes no new funding for public schools, Medicaid, child-protective services and other key programs for

The new KIDS COUNT report notes plenty to be cautious about for New Mexico families, including the highest child poverty rate among the 50 states. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Despite gains in other areas, New Mexico children are ranked last among the 50 states for their high poverty rate, according to the annual KIDS COUNT report. The latest data, released today, shows that of the 16 factors cited, New Mexico kids made gains in a few areas, including a

PHOTO: Improving the well being of children in New Mexico and across the nation is the goal of legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Photo courtesy of Sen. Udall

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is sponsoring legislation he maintains will help the state overcome statistics such as having America's highest child poverty rate. Udall said his bill - called Saving Our Next Generation, or SONG - aims to improve the health and education of children b

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