Discussion Topic: Education

A Dubious Bet on College and Economic Development

This year marks the 20th anniversary of New Mexico's Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program. Unfortunately, there isn't much to celebrate. A well-intentioned attempt to boost access to higher learning in the Land of Enchantment, the program was crafted by a...

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New Mexico: Land of the Free Lunch (and breakfast)?

The economist Milton Friedman famously said (as have other economists) that there's no such thing as a "free" lunch. Apparently, Dr. Friedman never visited New Mexico. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, New Mexico has a higher proportion of its...

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Slew of Bad Rankings Reflect New Mexico’s Difficult Reality

Over the years, New Mexicans have grown used to seeing their state at the bottom of a lot of good lists and at the top of many of the bad ones. This long-term systemic problem has grown worse due to declines in federal spending and employment at the Labs and military...

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‘Political Pay’ at APS is a Bad Deal

Most of the media’s attention has been focused on the ongoing scandal at the top of Albuquerque Public Schools. Unfortunately, an issue with much larger long-term ramifications was voted on by the APS board – minus Peggy Muller-Aragon, who opposed the move. The issue...

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Steve McKee’s talk: How New Mexico Can Beat Texas for Real

New Mexico businessman and entrepreneur Steve McKee was the keynote speaker at a recent Rio Grande Foundation luncheon. He gave an optimistic and detailed talk about the ways in which New Mexico policymakers can turn our state around and even beat Texas in the...

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