Education and Early Learning/Care

Despite the fact that New Mexico needs college-educated workers now and in the future, the cost of college has gone up dramatically. Meanwhile, little of the state's financial aid is granted to students with financial needs. Even the lottery scholarship goes disproportionately to students who could otherwise afford tuition. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; Mar. 2017) Read more
New Mexico will never attract companies with good-paying jobs unless we invest more in developing our workforce. But cuts in spending on higher education and the subsequent tuition increases have made college less affordable than ever. This fact sheet looks at a few steps the state can take to make college more affordable. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; Jan. 2017) Read more
A lawsuit currently working its way thought the New Mexico court system asserts that the state has failed to provide school funding sufficient for the education of all school-age children in the state, as required by the New Mexico constitution. This report supports those arguments. (A Fiscal Policy Project report; Aug. 2016) Read more
A PowerPoint presentation giving a brief overview of how the state collects tax revenue and creates the operating budget, the reasons behind the current revenue shortfall, and a look at how the state's $14 billion Land Grant Permanent School Fund could be used to fund early childhood care and education programs. Presented to a coalition of early childhood care and education providers in Deming. (Aug. 2016) Read more
Trickle-down economics were touted for years as the best economic tool for creating jobs. It does change the way in which money flows through the economy, but not quite in the way proponents promised. (Infographic; April 2016) Read more
New Mexico needs to make attending its universities and colleges less expensive if we are to strengthen our workforce and improve economic development. Making much more of our state financial aid need-based is an important first step. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; Feb. 2016) Read more
New Mexico' high rates of poverty are linked to its low rates of educational attainment among adults. That, in turn, leads to poorer outcomes for their children. This fact sheet looks at how the career pathways approach would benefit the state. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; Jan. 2016) Read more
A PowerPoint presentation on the opportunities to improve preparation, access to, and success in adult basic education, career pathways, post secondary education, and workforce development through this federal program. Presented at a Mission: Graduate meeting. (Aug. 2015) Read more
This PowerPoint presentation, created for the 2015 MAFO national conference, looks at how Hispanic children in New Mexico and the nation are faring, provides a brief overview of the state's Hispanic Education Act, and offers some policy solutions for better preparing this future workforce. (April 2015) Read more
It’s not a coincidence that New Mexico’s lower rate of college-educated adults correlates with its higher rate of low-wage jobs—education and money are inexorably linked. Without supports, attaining a college education is out-of-reach for most low-income students. By creating a higher-paid workforce, making college more affordable for working families would benefit the state as a whole. (A Working Poor Families Project report; March 2015) Read more
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