Understanding New Mexico

nm2by 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.

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

Posted in New Mexico, Research studies.

One Comment

  1. This morning, I read the Dec. 7th blog post: Understanding New Mexico. I was interested in the higher incomes shown for Oetro County. I lived on Holloman AFB just a little west and south of Alamogordo, the county seat, for 2 years from 1969. Looking up the data on Holloman today, I found these reasons that the At Risk: Our Children, Our Future, report shows some of the results for Oetro County – as well as the better per capita incomes.
    “January 2008 Holloman directly employs 6,111 personnel with a gross payroll of $266 million. It indirectly creates another 2,047 jobs with a payroll of $77 million. The estimated amount spent in the community, including payroll, construction projects, supplies, services, health care, and education, is $482 million.”
    “An estimated 6,700 military retirees live in the area. Counting both USAF and German Air Force personnel there are 1,383 active military and 1,641 military dependents living on base and 2,765 active military and 2,942 military dependents living off base.”

    Thank you for this important blog.

    Sue Dudley

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