Education and Early Learning/Care

The Lottery Scholarship—the state’s largest financial aid program—is not need-based even though New Mexico has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. What's more, it's not distributed in a way that helps many low-income students. Learn more with this Working Poor Families Project fact sheet. (Feb. 2018) Read more
The College Affordability Fund comprises some of the only need-based financial aid that the state makes available to low-income students. But the fund was raided in 2017 to fill budget holes in other areas. This fact sheet shows why the fund needs to be replenished. A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet. (Jan. 2018) Read more
Career pathways, programs that move non-traditional adult students along a continuum into post-secondary education, have shown real promise in other states. However, they require a systemic framework that aligns policies and funding for a comprehensive approach. This PowerPoint, presented to the SUN PATH Advisory Council, looks at funding sources, possible frameworks, and examples of effective career pathway programs in other states. (Sept. 2017) Read more
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
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