New Mexico has received recognition for setting rigorous math and reading proficiency requirements by administering PARCC, a controversial assessment aligned with Common Core.
A study of Head Start programs was produced by Rutgers University’s National Institute of Early Education Research. It placed the New Mexico program at the bottom on conceptual, in-depth teaching which was measured through classroom observations during the 2014-2015 school year. See Kim Burgess’ article in the Albuquerque Journal.
This Albuquerque Journal Article reports on statements made by current Higher Education Secretary, Barbara Damron. Ms. Damron outlined challenges facing the state college system in the State of New Mexico.
Dr. Jose Z. Garcia argues that overspending for education should end now. He compares the sums spent per student in New Mexico with the sums spent per student in other states. Dr Garcia was former N.M. Secretary of Higher Education.
New Mexico’s Educational Retirement Board, which oversees about $11.4 billion in funds, paid out about $350 million more in retirement benefits than it took in from contributions – from both employees and taxpayers – during the 2016 budget year.