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Megan Taros

Megan Taros

Megan Taros is a freelance reporter for Source NM. She is born and raised in the harbor area of Los Angeles where she began her career covering higher education and local government. She previously launched the South Phoenix beat at the Arizona Republic where she covered race and equity in one of the largest communities of color in the state. She also launched the Latino affairs beat at the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she covered racial and economic inequality in Queens, New York.

Affirmative Consent bill stalled in Senate Committee

By: - March 14, 2023

More than 30 students – mostly from Capital High School in Santa Fe – flooded the mailboxes of the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of an action with Girls Inc. of Santa Fe last week with pleas that the committee schedule a hearing for HB 43, which would set affirmative consent as a standard for […]

Kaylee Bahe, left, discusses concerns over language in AP textbooks regarding Native American history with state Sens. Shannon Pinto, Harold Pope, and William Soules at the New Mexico State Capitol on Friday, March 3, 2023, in Santa Fe, N.M. (Photo by Liam DeBonis for Source NM)

Tribal education reform bills stalled in New Mexico Legislature

By: - March 7, 2023

When the Senate Education Committee was over on Friday, March 3, Kaylee Bahe had already been awake for eight hours organizing her thoughts and materials before taking the Rail Runner by herself from Albuquerque to meet with lawmakers. Bahe (Diné), a sophomore at Eldorado High School, was there to speak up about racism she saw […]

NM governor found a way to give pre-k teachers and staff $3 raises. Not everyone qualifies

By: - February 20, 2023

These days it costs $16 for a packet of chicken big enough to feed Alma Ortiz’s family. It’s a big jump from what she’s used to, and she has a hard time being able to afford it. Ortiz is a single mom and early childhood teacher for Youth Development Inc., a Head Start program in […]

Affirmative consent legislation one step away from Senate vote

By: - February 16, 2023

The affirmative consent bill that would make “yes means yes” the baseline for teaching consent in schools received unanimous approval from the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee for review. This is the third time Rep. Liz Thomson (D-Albuquerque) brought the bill to the Roundhouse, and each time […]

Elena Gonzales, 17, reads a poem about her experience with sexual assault to a group of high school students supporting affirmative consent legislation.

Advocates of teaching ‘yes means yes’ in NM public schools gain traction in the Roundhouse

By: - February 13, 2023

For advocates of affirmative consent, it’s about shifting our approach to sexual assault from one that is punitive and reactive to one that is preventive. “The knee-jerk reaction to go to punishment is because that’s how it’s been presented to us in the past, instead of stopping it before it happens,” said Jess Clark, director […]

New Mexico workers, immigrants and their families show political strength in Santa Fe

By: - January 31, 2023

When the pandemic hit, Antonio Bañuelos started to realize immigrant workers like him were being shut out of crucial unemployment benefits. People who lost jobs were left to survive without unemployment benefits and medical coverage that their employer might have provided. “When there’s not much work and they start laying off people, and there’s not […]

Elena Gonzales, 17, reads a poem about her experience with sexual assault to a group of high school students supporting affirmative consent legislation.

Supporters turn out to champion affirmative consent in Roundhouse hearing

By: - January 26, 2023

Legislation making its way through the session would transform how sexual assault cases are handled by public schools and New Mexico colleges that take state money. And it would make what’s known as “affirmative consent” a part of sex ed in high school health classes. In a room full of educators, students, survivors of sexual […]

Generic store-brand eggs on the shelf at a grocery store.

New Mexico prepares for a drop in monthly SNAP benefits

By: - January 20, 2023

More than half a million New Mexicans relying on food assistance will see a significant drop in their monthly benefits in March as the federal government suspends the pandemic expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The New Mexico Human Services Department said in a media briefing Thursday that families will see their benefits drop […]

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks during her 2023 State of the State before the joint chambers of the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe. A large plaque that is the symbol for the state of New Mexico is behind her. Several people are also seated behind the governor. A bouquet of flowers sits to her left.

Advocates voice support as Lujan Grisham pitches improvements for N.M. children

By: - January 18, 2023

Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham promised billions in educational investment during her State of the State address and unveiled two programs to big applause. Universal child care, she said on Tuesday, could be supported by the Early Childhood Education Trust Fund. And a universal school lunch program would also roll out $20 million for school kitchens so […]

A statue of several children outside the entrance to the New Mexico state capitol is covered in snow.

Native American education advocates in NM seek long-term funding for reform

By: - January 17, 2023

Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) received endorsements Monday for two bills intended to directly address the legacy of racism and disparity for Indigenous students in New Mexico’s schools. The bills would allocate millions in funding toward equitable education in the state, prioritizing tribal leadership and funding for tribal efforts to build culturally and linguistically relevant […]

A passenger train faces south toward Albuquerque in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An empty black rail track sits to the right. A silver passenger car sits to the left.

NM train riders want to see investment in high-speed rail make it out of the station

By: - January 11, 2023

Alix Bliss wants to live in New Mexico without owning a car. The newcomer to the state waited for the Rail Runner at the Santa Fe Depot Station on Monday afternoon with his bike, both of which have replaced driving for him. Bliss is originally from Olympia, Washington, where he said the public transportation made […]