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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - NM: Early Childhood Education

New Mexico shoppers save about $4 million during the annual tax-free holiday weekend, according to the state's Taxation and Revenue Department. (Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico's annual sales-tax holiday starts today, which means families can save a little money as they stock up on clothing and school supplies, including computers. New Mexico is one of 16 states that offer a sales-tax holiday, waiving the 5% tax on qualifying items.

Once again, New Mexico ranks last among states for overall children's well-being, but advocates for children say state lawmakers made some progress this year to help reverse the trend. (savethechildrenactionnetwork.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico is once again ranked 50th out of the 50 states for child well-being in the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book, compiled by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. But children's advocates see opportunities for improvement. The rankings are based on four factors – economic w

New Mexico legislators begin a new session today under a court order to file an initial plan to fix the state's schools by April 15. (mcsk12nm)

SANTA FE, N.M. — As part of opening day at the 2019 New Mexico Legislature, the state's Voices for Children group will highlight its annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book. Deputy Director Amber Wallin said there have been improvements in teen birth rates, increased rates of kids covered by

New Mexico has until April to ensure the state's schools receive adequate resources to meet the needs of at-risk students, based on a court order handed down last year. (lanlfoundation.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico state lawmakers say their number-one priority in the upcoming legislative session is to improve the state's public education system - a pledge they'll need to keep based on a court order. In July 2018, a state district judge ruled that New Mexico was violating

National school funding data shows that some of the poorest states in the country spend $1,000 more per pupil than New Mexico. (liberationnews.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Thirty-six states will elect new governors tomorrow, and in New Mexico, educational funding promises to be a huge issue for whoever next holds the office. Incumbent Susana Martinez is term-limited, which means either Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham or Republican Steve Pearce

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

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