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PNS Daily News - May 30, 2017 


We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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Public News Service - NM: Early Childhood Education

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

PHOTO: The New Mexico Legislature's annual session opens today, and limiting class sizes in public schools is among the many issues on the docket for the lawmakers. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Limiting class sizes in public schools is among the many issues New Mexico lawmakers will consider during this year's legislative session, which opens Tuesday. Lawmakers will consider House Joint Resolution 2, which could lead to a ballot measure amending the state constitution. Th

PHOTO: Parents in New Mexico are encouraged to say thanks to the educators in their children's lives during this week, which is Teacher Appreciation Week. Photo courtesy Norfolk Public Schools.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It can be a demanding job, and the New Mexico Parent-Teacher Association is encouraging parents and the entire community to show some extra gratitude toward the educators in their children's lives during this "Teacher Appreciation Week." Kim Kerschen, president of the New Mexico

PHOTO: New Mexico Voices for Children is asking state lawmakers to invest money and pass laws that will help the state overcome its last-place ranking for overall child well-being. Photo courtesy of the New Mexico Legislature.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Voices for Children is asking state lawmakers to invest money and pass laws that will help the state overcome its last place ranking for overall child well-being. Veronica Garcia, the organization’s executive director, cites the Annie E. Casey Foundation rep

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