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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

Gov. Susana Martinez funds higher education and state government, which could end the special session of the New Mexico Legislature today, although a dispute over the full budget remains.  (Puroticorico/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Legislature returns from the holiday weekend with both signatures and vetoes from Gov. Susana Martinez on budgetary bills they've been working on in a special session since last Wednesday. The continuing standoff with Martinez is over her refusal to raise taxe

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

Kids in New Mexico are helping monitor water for the protection of generations to come. (Photo: Sierra Club Rio Grande)

VALDEZ, N.M. -- "Water Sentinels" is a volunteer monitoring program started by the Sierra Club to survey rivers and streams the Environmental Protection Agency has neglected. And in rural New Mexico, its membership is increasingly made up of school kids. They inspect the Rio Hondo, Rio Fernando, R

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

New Mexico state lawmakers are attempting to overturn Gov. Susana Martinez' veto of a bill they say would penalize New Mexico teachers for taking sick days. (Creative Commons/Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Teachers in New Mexico are in an uproar that Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a bill that would stop using the number of sick days they take as part of their performance evaluations. And now, state lawmakers are coming to their aid. House Bill 241 - nicknamed "Teachers Are Humans T

Cuts to education are among those on the table to help close a $600 million budget deficit in the current special session of the New Mexico Legislature. (dhester/Morguefile)

SANTA FE, N. M. – Progressive leaders in the New Mexico Legislature are calling for compromise during the special budget session, trying to spare education and social services from deeper cuts. State lawmakers must close a $600 million budget shortfall caused by a drop in oil and gas revenue.

Children’s advocates say budget cuts at state agencies could hurt the youngest New Mexicans, whose well-bring already ranks among the lowest in the nation. (rjellis/iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico state budget officials project a $150 million to $200 million deficit this fiscal year due to falling oil prices; and advocates say Gov. Susana Martinez's order for a five percent spending cut by state agencies could hurt New Mexico's most vulnerable children. Cr

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