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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2018 


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Public News Service - NM: Early Childhood Education

New Mexico's public schools ranked as second-worst in the country in 2018, but a successful lawsuit will require the state to spend more money on at-risk students. (children.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico has to create a plan for how to create more equitable funding for its public schools, after a judge ruled the state has been unconstitutionally depriving at-risk students of a quality education. Education advocates are calling it a win for New Mexico children,

A 2017 legislative analysis found that only 26 percent of New Mexico's third-grade students were proficient in reading. (pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Public Education Department will take comments in Santa Fe Thursday on a controversial proposal to hold back students in kindergarten through third grade who can't read proficiently. The proposal is favored by Gov. Susana Martinez, but has never found support

Some New Mexico parents spend 18 percent of their income on childcare, even with federal assistance. (ewa.org)

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – Children's advocates say too many hard-working New Mexico families struggle with the "cliff effect" when trying to pay for child care and move up the income ladder. The "cliff effect" can force parents to decline a pay increase, if it would push their income over 200 perce

New Mexico children's advocates say expanding the state's home-visiting program could reduce the high number of children suffering from adverse experiences. (pewtrusts.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The biannual Child Trends report shows New Mexico children suffer traumatic events at a higher rate than kids in almost any other state in the nation. Those events, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), include abuse and neglect, living with someone who has an unt

New Mexico legislators are reviewing a new report on the state's dismal well-being of children as they start the 2018 lawmaking session. (wkkf.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The well-being of New Mexico children lags dramatically behind other states, and a new report says the only thing that will fix the problem is policy changes by state lawmakers. According to the latest report from Voices for Children, New Mexico has the highest overall child

New science shows young people's brains are able to heal after trauma, meaning no child is a lost cause. (childtrends.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Improved science on adolescent brain development shows there are new ways to help the more-than 2,300 children in New Mexico's foster care system become successful adults. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report, "The Road to Adulthood," offers recommendations on how to trea

New Mexico students are required to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, but there's concern about whether the results truly reflect a school's quality. (The Inspired Classroom)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The head of New Mexico's teachers' union says the growing divide among public schools getting 'A' grades and those getting 'F's' on assessment tests is a sign the testing system doesn't work. New Mexico is one of nine states that still use the controversial PARCC tests - Par

New Mexico students return to the classroom this week as a judge decides whether the state will be required to change the way public schools are funded. (teacher.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Teachers in New Mexico facing larger class sizes and fewer resources when they return to the classroom this week hope a pending judgment in a lawsuit will force the state to do something about the situation. The lawsuit alleges the state's education system fails to meet its

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