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 Sara Solovitch / Searchlight NM / Longtime friends and colleagues Deborah Harris and Jane Clarke have been leaders in developing infant mental health programs in New Mexico. Harris, an independently licensed social worker, and Clarke, whose background is in language and communication disorders, together developed the first Infant Team in New Mexico, created to […]
By Robert Moore / Searchlight NM / In 2010, three Western states elected governors who immediately generated national buzz. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, was the first Latino elected governor of Nevada. John Hickenlooper, who campaigned as a Democratic centrist in the midst of a Tea Party wave, was elected in Colorado. And in New Mexico, […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / The Roundhouse, January 2011: Flanked by colorful bouquets, a pink and white corsage pinned to her dark blue suit, Gov. Susana Martinez invoked the blossoming of a new era for New Mexico in her first State of the State address. She was the nation’s first Latina governor, soon to […]
Editor’s Note: As her eight-years in office come to an end, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is at a low point in political popularity. The state’s low rankings in educational attainment are partly to blame. In this and related reports, Searchlight New Mexico evaluates the impact of Martinez’s two terms in office. WE FACT-CHECKED 8 CLAIMS […]
By Lauren Villagran/ Searchlight NM / HOBBS – The alarm rings at 3 a.m., and Ronell Mangilit is the first one up in a house shared with four fellow teachers. He prepares breakfast, writes up the day’s math lesson, and puts on a button-down shirt, a tie and crisply pressed slacks. Then it’s off […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / Four recruiting agencies have sprung up in New Mexico. Each is run by a working teacher, a recently resigned PED employee, a district superintendent, or the close relative of a superintendent. Such close relationships to the school system give recruiters an edge in helping immigrant teachers navigate licensure […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / Guest worker programs have long been shadowed by middlemen: the brokers, recruiters and labor contractors who serve as a bridge between workers abroad and employers in the U.S. While some charge a reasonable fee to deliver necessary services, exploitation is prevalent. Main story on this topic: Foreign teachers pay […]
By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM / The state knows relatively little about the people served by its nearly three dozen contracted home visiting providers. Nor is there an answer to how many families the program should serve. Main story on this topic: New Mexico’s home visiting puzzle According to a 2015 Legislative Finance Committee […]
It has broad support and research behind it, so why can’t the state spend the funds? By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM / Despite strong evidence that home visiting promotes healthy families and children, state officials have diverted millions of dollars from the program in order to fund child care assistance, according to […]
Attorneys say the state is using secret eligibility rules to block people from aid By Ed Williams and John R. Roby / Searchlight NM / Five New Mexico residents are suing the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), claiming the state is effectively cheating eligible low-income families out of money to pay for child […]
With few options, they describe skipping meds, selling possessions By Ed Williams / Searchlight NM ALBUQUERQUE — Joan Marentes knew her career in the Albuquerque Police Department was over the moment a state worker said she was ineligible for public assistance. Assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit, Marentes was a decorated detective, […]
DESPITE INVESTING BILLIONS, THE STATE SAYS MOST SCHOOL SYSTEMS ARE OUT OF DATE OR HAZARDOUS By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM New Mexico’s public schools welcomed the state’s 320,000 students back from summer break to buildings characterized by missing fire alarms, nonexistent sprinkler systems, defective emergency doors and leaking roofs. Problems with […]