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.
Searchlight New Mexico asked seven prominent citizens and change-makers to weigh in on “The Road So Far,” the first group of stories in our yearlong series on the challenges children face growing up in our state. Why, we asked, given all the time and effort spent trying to improve the conditions for children over the […]
New Mexico’s future: To better understand the challenges and circumstances our children face, Searchlight New Mexico is spending a year visiting and profiling kids from every corner of the state. In this home, the Navajo language unlocks tradition and identity BY AMY LINN/ RAISING NEW MEXICO / Tyler Bennallie, 11, sprawls on the floor of […]
By Elias Manriquez/ New Mexico News Port/ The statewide high school graduation rates for the class of 2017 were released by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), showing improvement at nine of 13 traditional high schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). However, overall, the state of New Mexico ranks among the worst when […]
By Christian Marquez / NM News Port / Nicole Leyba saw human misery while working with Rohingya refugees in Myanmar, but after she came home to Albuquerque she encountered another group in crisis when she took a job at New Day Youth and Family Services, a runaway and homeless youth shelter. “I had no […]
In Albuquerque neighborhood, trauma and cyclical family struggles put children at risk Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories by Searchlight New Mexico that will explore neighborhoods with some of the worst predictors of child well-being in the state. BY LESLIE LINTHICUM /RAISING NEW MEXICO — THE ROAD SO FAR/ It’s […]
Childhood trauma informed Stewart’s legislative success BY LESLIE LINTHICUM /RAISING NEW MEXICO — THE ROAD SO FAR/ She was 3 years old when her father died in a car crash and 17 when her mother committed suicide. In between those bookends of loss, she lived with the man she refers to as “my evil stepfather.” […]
BY LAUREN VILLAGRAN /RAISING NEW MEXICO/ As other states and communities across the country expand preschool programs, they have run into a familiar stumbling block: How does a state expand education to younger children without losing federal Head Start dollars or hurting the business model of private child care providers? Oregon, Georgia and Washington, D.C. […]
State and federal agencies fight for 4-year-olds, squeezing limited funds BY LAUREN VILLAGRAN /RAISING NEW MEXICO/ A tall chain-link fence splits the preschool campus behind Anthony Elementary in southern New Mexico: federally funded classrooms on one side, state-funded classrooms on the other. The fence serves as a literal and symbolic divide segregating two sets of […]
Three decades after warnings on kids’ well-being, not much has changed BY LESLIE LINTHICUM /RAISING NEW MEXICO — THE ROAD SO FAR/ Thirty years ago, a nonprofit report on the well-being of New Mexico’s children painted a disturbingly bleak portrait of the lives of our youngest residents. The Coalition for Children’s “Kids in Crisis: New […]
BY AMY LINN / RAISING NEW MEXICO / How childhood events leave New Mexico’s kids at risk On her third day alone in the house, 7-year-old Linda Fritts slept in her safe place in the closet. She arranged the shelves and fashioned a nest for herself atop a chest of drawers. “I would take stuffed […]
Editor’s note: This article was first published on Searchlight New Mexico and has been republished with their permission. Minor style changes were made with permission. As part of Searchlight’s Raising New Mexico project, photographer Don Usner catches up with people he photographed decades ago, when they were children. Here are their photos and stories. BY DON USNER/RAISING […]
Editor’s note: This article was first published on Searchlight New Mexico and has been republished with their permission. Minor style changes were made with permission. BY LAUREN VILLAGRAN /RAISING NEW MEXICO/ For almost 30 years, New Mexico has maintained an iron grip on the bottom rung of key rankings. Why is it that even when […]