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Public News Service - NM: Youth Issues

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

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

A new report says fees and fines imposed in the juvenile-court system often become major setbacks to families who are already financially strapped. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Fines and fees within the juvenile-justice system can be crushing for families, according to a new report. According to the nonprofit Juvenile Law Center, young people who can't pay for alternative programs may do time when a wealthier offender may not. In some states, the report s

A recent survey ranks New Mexico residents 43rd in the country in terms of their financial literacy. (andresr/iStock)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A survey of financial literacy shows New Mexico residents rank poorly in understanding how to manage their money. The state ranks 43rd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its residents' money management skills, according to information from the online survey compa

The Healthy Kids New Mexico program teaches children about fruits, vegetables and even how to make salads in order to maintain a healthy weight. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Health officials in New Mexico say childhood obesity in the state has decreased by 16 percent over the past five years, both in kindergartners and third graders. Despite the progress, however, the state's Department of Health says that means more than one-in-three third graders an

Fewer than half of all Americans are putting as much money into savings as they should, according to the Consumer Federation of America. (mconnors/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Saving money in today's economy is hard to do, but the Consumer Federation of America says it will pay off down the road, literally. This is America Saves Week, and the group is challenging families without savings accounts – which means most of them – to start buildin

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

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