by Meredith Machen
New Mexico is a beautiful state. It is also known in politics as a swing state. It has a Republican Governor, and the Democrats just lost a majority in the legislature. The people have an interesting history. While the majority are primarily Hispanic, most claim a Spanish or native American heritage and have lived there for centuries.
Thirty-six percent of the school age children speak a language other than English at home compared to 20.1% nationwide. The per capita income in most NM communities is below the state average of $22,966 and the national average of $27,334. A University of New Mexico Center for Education Policy Research report provides detailed statistics, by county, of social and economic concerns that the New Mexico schools face.Continue reading