June 21, 2019 – The 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book was released this week, and New Mexico was again ranked 50th out of 50 states for child well-being — dead last yet again. James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, calls the ranking “disappointing, but not terribly surprising.” But should we accept being at the bottom as the status quo? Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss some of the few bright spots in the report, and the improvements child advocates hope to see in the future.
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies, “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management
For Further Reading:
NM the worst place in America to be a kid, again – by Rich Nathanson, Albuquerque Journal
Dismal Kids Count data tracks with Martinez administration – by Sylvia Ulloa, New Mexico In Depth