Month: October 2018


Oh Susana! How governor’s popularity eroded

Martinez will exit as one of the nation’s least-popular governors, with even the Republican who seeks to succeed her saying “New Mexico is in a crisis moment.”

Governor-driven understaffing keeps N.M.’s kids at risk

Ushered into office on a conservative wave that swept statehouses around the country, Martinez espoused classic Republican views on small government and fiscal conservatism. Eight years on, she can truthfully say she has kept state government lean.

Measuring Martinez on education

Searchlight examined eight education-related claims and promises Martinez made during her two successful campaigns for governor, using publicly available data to learn whether New Mexico has managed to move the needle since then.

Grading the team

A look at the Martinez appointees who head the state's three most important agencies for child well-being.

Prescription for disaster: New Mexico’s lax oversight puts kids in danger

At least 44 states have introduced formal protocols or programs to boost oversight and monitoring of psychotropic drug use by children. Yet while other states work to limit psychiatric drugs, 30,000 NM children have prescriptions.

Warrant: Psychiatrist over-medicated hundreds of children in his care

Albuquerque doctor is under investigation in 36 patient deaths.

Experts weigh in on New Mexico’s challenges

We asked five national experts in child well-being, health, education and policy to write short essays in response to recent stories we have covered. Here's what they had to say.

Lujan Grisham, Pearce lay out visions for top children’s issues

If any one person has the power to determine the fate of New Mexico’s next generation, it is the next governor.

Foreign teachers pay dearly to fill jobs in New Mexico

More than 200 foreign teachers are risking their financial security for an opportunity to work in public schools.