‘We don’t want Oñate elevated’

BY: - September 26, 2023

ESPAÑOLA — People from Northern New Mexico are organizing to oppose the local government’s intentions to resurrect a monument depicting genocidal Spanish conquistador and war criminal Juan de Oñate. Outside the Rio Arriba County headquarters on Monday, activists, birth workers, parents and allies held a news conference next to a recently constructed concrete pedestal, upon […]

Chicano culture is not gang culture, says ACLU of Idaho

BY: - September 20, 2023

Latinos are Idaho’s largest minority group, making up nearly 14% of the state population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And a large share of that population includes the Chicano community. Unlike the term Latino, Chicano is a specific term many people with Mexican descent born in the U.S. use to describe their identity. The […]

States urged by Biden administration to rectify underfunding of land-grant HBCUs 

BY: - September 19, 2023

States engaged in decades of underfunding of land-grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities, leading to a more than $12 billion disparity with comparable white institutions, leaders of the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. “Unacceptable funding inequities have forced many of our nation’s distinguished Historically Black Colleges and Universities […]

Las Cruces superintendent said bus delays are top priority

BY: - September 13, 2023

Las Cruces school buses arriving late nearly every day this year is impacting Vanessa Tarin’s entire family schedule. “I have to run late to work because my kids will be out there at the bus stop till almost 7:40 (in the morning),” she told Source NM. Tarin, a caregiver in Las Cruces, has three children […]

Las Cruces Equity Council seeking two candidates

BY: - September 8, 2023

The Las Cruces Public Schools Equity Council has two vacant seats, and is currently seeking candidates for the volunteer positions. One seat is reserved for a parent with children in elementary schools, the other is an open seat for any Las Cruces community member. The position requires two to six hours per month of council […]

NM Attorney General seeks control over state response to Yazzie-Martinez

BY: - September 8, 2023

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez wants to take over the state’s “slow progress” in reforming public education to ensure all children are sufficiently educated as required by a landmark 2018 court ruling. The judge in that lawsuit found the state had violated the educational rights of Native American, English language-learners, disabled and low-income children. “There […]

The death of a day care: When a child care center closes, an entire community is affected

BY: - September 7, 2023

When a teacher called in sick one Thursday in July, administrator Holly Denman realized she’d have to close her center for the day. Then it was two days. Giggles & Wiggles Daycare Center was as short staffed as it could be: six teachers, including Denman, for 34 students with absolutely no reserves or substitutes to […]

It’s the iconic yellow school bus, but equipped for clean air with new Colorado grants

BY: - September 6, 2023

With Colorado students back in school for the fall, more than two dozen school districts, local governments and private businesses across the state are among the inaugural recipients of two state grant programs to boost the adoption of heavier-duty electric vehicles — including new battery-powered versions of the iconic yellow school bus. Gov. Jared Polis […]

Millions enrolled in new student loan repayment program

BY: - September 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 4 million federal student loan borrowers are enrolled in the Biden administration’s new repayment program, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Education. With the pause of more than three years on federal student loan repayments coming to an end in October, and the Supreme Court’s summer decision to […]

Las Cruces talks challenges with electric buses

BY: - September 5, 2023

Las Cruces officials told New Mexico lawmakers they’re looking for more local support in the effort to bring electric school buses to the state with federal grants, during Thursday’s Science Technology and Telecommunication interim committee meeting in Santa Rosa. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is spending $5 billion over the next five years to fund […]

Gun law raises funding concerns for school hunting programs

BY: - September 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are concerned that the Biden administration is interpreting last year’s bipartisan gun safety law to cut funding for school archery and hunting programs, though programs themselves say they haven’t been affected. A provision in the law – a bipartisan effort to curb gun violence that established new criminal offenses, and expanded background […]

Attorney general to investigate school discipline at Gallup McKinley County Schools

BY: - August 31, 2023

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez is opening an investigation into disproportionately harsh punishment of Native American children by Gallup McKinley County Schools. New Mexico In Depth and ProPublica reported in December that Native students are expelled from New Mexico public schools at a much higher rate than other children, and that Gallup McKinley, with the largest […]