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.
The Center reports that this generation of students is less likely to have more education than their parents. Based on a ranking of family status, progress through school and adult outcomes by the UNM Center for Education Policy Research, New Mexico’s children’s chances for success are among the worst in the nation. Opportunities to break the cycle are outlined. See the recommendations to improve the future of New Mexico’s children. ED Presentation Winograd 2 21 13