The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report that grades states on education, health care and poverty.
New Mexico, which last year booted Mississippi from last place, moved back up to 49th in this year’s Kids Count Data Book, thanks to a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.
But officials warned much more needs to be done.
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