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Our lives now

Searchlight photographer Don J. Usner is traveling around New Mexico, documenting life as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. Each day, look for a new image.

Spend wisely to boost child well-being, finance official says

New Mexico has a waiting problem, according to a senior official with the agency that advises the state on how its money is managed.

New Mexico tends to wait to deal with problems until they grow overly expensive and challenging to solve, Charles Sallee of the Legislative Finance Committee told a forum on early childhood issues this week.

Risky buildings: State’s public schools run on old infrastructure

Despite investing billions, New Mexico says most school systems are out of date or hazardous

Problems with school "systems" -- which include everything from broken furnaces to mildewed carpets and shredded electrical wires -- are rampant across the state, according to a Searchlight New Mexico analysis of data collected by the agency charged with awarding money to help keep the public schools running.

Years of frustration lie behind landmark school lawsuit

Tired of hearing ‘no,’ plaintiff says, taking NM to court was her only option

For Wilhelmina Yazzie, joining the groundbreaking lawsuit against New Mexico wasn’t an easy thing to do. It was the only thing to do.

How the Yazzie lawsuit could be a ‘game-changer’

Judge’s landmark ruling is a chance for reform, experts say

Behind the recent ruling in the New Mexico school funding lawsuit is nearly a decade of evidence that the state's public schools are not only failing children, but that children will be "irreparably harmed" if schools aren’t improved.

College-focused charter network eyes New Mexico

IDEA schools serve low-income Hispanic students in Texas – and graduate all of them

EL PASO, Texas – The kindergarteners of IDEA Edgemere walked quietly single-file down the hall, their uniforms embroidered with the school logo, left hands behind their backs, right fingers over their lips. Shh. Emblazoned on the wall above their heads, a sign read: “We do whatever it takes.”

Charter schools target New Mexico’s at-risk students

Some focus on careers, others on college prep. The question is, do they work?

Sara Tafoya never pictured herself as one of New Mexico’s at-risk students. She came from a supportive, college-educated family in Albuquerque, had once earned good grades, and entertained dreams of going to college and becoming a physical therapist.

But in her sophomore year, Tafoya “attracted bad situations,” skipping classes – sometimes for weeks at a time. By the time she found out she was pregnant at age 15, she faced a hurdle that typically derails a girl’s education.

Native communities harnessing the power of data

Marriages and births. Allies and enemies. Wild game, migration patterns, the number of days of rainfall.

Like indigenous peoples around the world, they are today reclaiming their place as data researchers.

Where trust counts: The census and NM’s border cities

It's an uphill fight for the state's fast-growing south

In the last 10 years, so much has changed in Sunland Park and elsewhere along the border that observers are girding themselves for what may prove to be a damaging undercount in the 2020 census.

Underfunded, undercounted: New Mexico at risk in 2020 census

The state’s residents are notoriously hard to count — in 2000, the census undercount amounted to nearly 2 percent or about 35,000 people missed. Here’s why that matters.

For contracts, New Mexico increasingly looks elsewhere

Searchlight analysis finds growing reliance on out-of-state vendors

A Searchlight investigation finds billions of taxpayer dollars have flowed out of state since 2013 due to government purchases that are not filled — or cannot be filled — by New Mexico companies.

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