UNM students reporting for Raising New Mexico will be working in alignment with our new partner, Searchlight New Mexico, a non-profit investigative journalism service based in Santa Fe. Searchlight NM is taking the lead on the Raising New Mexico project — focusing 2018 coverage on the tragic state of child well-being in New Mexico.
Throughout 2018 News Port will share the professional reporting from the Searchlight team. Additional reporting will be added and the hope is that the coverage informs the public conversation and the public agenda in a pivotal election year.
By: Abby Matanis and Destiny Munoz With New Mexico ranked near the bottom in educational achievement, schools welcome a helping hand—or a helpful reader. For 17 years, the Albuquerque Reads program has has been helping local public schools teach elementary students how to read. The non-profit organization, created in partnership by the Greater Albuquerque […]
By Sara Solovitch | Searchlight New Mexico It was just two days into the school year, and Julia Bergen already was dealing with two cases of student homelessness. Then she heard about an influx of Guatemalan migrant children just released from federal detention, who had unexpectedly shown up in a Santa Fe school. Bergen is […]
By April Reese | Searchlight New Mexico GILA NATIONAL FOREST — In the shadow of a cliff, 15-year-old Nathan spools an arc of fishing line into the Gila River and waits. Tall and watchful, the teen has been quiet for most of the day during this outing, organized by Families and Youth Incorporated (FYI), a […]
By Benjamin Yazza / NM News Port / New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham recently signed Senate Bill 22, to create a new state agency, the Early Childhood Education and Care Department. Its purpose is to offer every child in New Mexico the best opportunity to succeed in school, work and life by providing for […]
By Joshua Grajeda and Sergio Guerrero / NM News Port / Teacher vacancies have become an epidemic in New Mexico, but efforts to train new teachers are starting to help, as is the state government’s plan to increase spending on teachers and schools. According to the 2018 NM Educator Vacancy Report, there were 740 unfilled […]
For Albuquerque mom, Jen Weaver, the decision to homeschool her first daughter was short lived. “It just wasn’t something I think I truly wanted to do… but felt I should try if it was better for my daughter,” she said. “My daughter is exceptionally bright but didn’t qualify for ‘gifted.’ She wanted to learn at […]
By Joshua Grajeda and Sergio Guerrero / NM News Port / Teacher vacancies have become an epidemic in New Mexico, as there are now 740 positions to be filled in grade levels K-12. As of 2016, the need for educators had increased by nearly 60 percent. Breaking things down by grade level, most vacancies — […]
By Hannah Perry / NM News Port / For Albuquerque mom, Laurel Menicucci, the choice to homeschool is easy. “I’m going to know much quicker, if my child struggles with something, than a teacher is going to know,” she said. Menicucci is a mother of three and has been homeschooling for four years. But, according […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / ANTHONY, N.M. – Parents and children stumbled off the steps of an old charter bus to waves of applause and shouts of “Bienvendidos!” A small crowd of volunteers from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church had been waiting in the cold night air on a recent Monday, eager to welcome […]
Medical facilities in southern New Mexico strain to meet the needs of vulnerable migrants arriving at the border. By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / ANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. – Half a dozen children gazed up at the camera, their eyes wide beneath hats and hoodies, hands buried in their pockets or nuzzled in the necks […]
A family changed by gun violence offers case study in New Mexico’s domestic violence problem. By Barbara Ferry / Searchlight NM / July 17 is the best of days in the Gaytan household, because it marks the birthday of 12-year-old Ian, who lives with his grandparents in a doublewide mobile home on a dirt road […]
By Ed Williams / Searchlight New Mexico / Nearly half of New Mexico’s population relies on a dysfunctional computer system for access to government-funded health coverage, food assistance, heating and other benefits. That system has repeatedly failed them, cutting off tens of thousands of children and families from their financial lifeline. Developed by the multinational […]