New Mexico is going to be spending more on education in the years ahead, a lot more. But according to US Census Bureau data released this week New Mexico already spends more per-pupil than any of its neighbors, in some cases a great deal more. The Census data are from 2017, so they reflect spending towards the end of the Martinez Administration, but New Mexico’s educational results on a variety of metrics (most notably the important NAEP 4th grade reading numbers) are far lower than its neighbors.
A judge may say that NM’s education spending is “inadequate” and the Legislature may blindly approve tens-of-millions more dollars for education, but New Mexico is already spending more for worse results.
You can find data for all 50 states at the link above, but the Rio Grande Foundation broke the numbers down for New Mexico and its neighbors below: