Full court pressed

The New Mexico Court of Appeals is swamped with backlogged cases, leaving hundreds in limbo.

Seize the session

State officials scramble to respond to restraint and seclusion in schools

“It’s appalling”

Michelle Lujan Grisham on seclusion and restraint in Albuquerque schools

Needs improvement

Legislative session ends with mixed results for NM kids.

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.

Who should get home visits? New Mexico can’t say

The state knows relatively little about the people served by its nearly three dozen contracted home visiting providers. Nor is there an answer to how many families the program should serve.

New Mexico’s home visiting puzzle

Despite strong evidence that home visiting promotes healthy families and children, state officials have diverted millions of dollars from the program in order to fund child care assistance.

Many grandparents raising kids locked out of state aid

The number of children being raised by grandparents has exploded across New Mexico, nearly doubling to more than 55,000 — 10 percent of all the state’s children — since 1990. But many of those grandparents have found themselves denied assistance, often even when they meet eligibility requirements.

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

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

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.