Foreign teachers pay dearly to fill jobs in New Mexico

Lured by recruiters who charge a premium to work in a state desperate for teachers, more than 200 foreign teachers are risking their financial security for an opportunity to work in public schools from Albuquerque to Questa. Each one shells out up to $15,000 in recruitment fees and related costs – often borrowed money.

A border town without playgrounds

Anthony presents some of the highest risks to infants and young children in a state that is already at rock bottom of the national barrel on child well-being. By the state health department’s reckoning, it’s the third-worst place in New Mexico to be a child.