By Dillon Mullan, Santa Fe New Mexican
June 26, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE — Following last week’s release of a prominent state-by-state examination of child well-being that ranked New Mexico worst in the nation, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told a crowd of child advocates and educators the state has started to climb out from the bottom.

“We all saw the report last week,” Lujan Grisham said Wednesday at a conference organized by the nonprofit advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children. She was referring to the 2019 Kids Count Data Book, an annual report by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, which assesses how kids in each state are faring on several measures, from health care to education to poverty.

New Mexico has been ranked last in the report in three of the past seven years — something the governor called “unacceptable.”

But, she added, “The rankings are indicative of the lack of sustained investment in recent years. Those rankings are not indicative of what we are capable of and what we will become.”

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