Channel 7 Covers K-12 Spending Story (What Does APS Spend Per-Pupil)?

In case you missed it, on the 10pm newscast last night, Channel 7 KOAT did a great story on our report on rising education spending in New Mexico.

APS Board president Martin Esquivel made my day by attacking me and the Rio Grande Foundation personally. He also offered his own half-baked data on per-pupil spending (as you can see halfway through the story). The data would seem to indicate that per-pupil spending for APS is in the $3,000 range annually.

This is ridiculous. As the National Center for Education Statistics points out, nationwide spending per-pupil is close to $10,000 annually. For our study, I got the data directly from the US Census Bureau. According to the chart on page xiii of this report, New Mexico spent $9,068 per-pupil back in 2008. No state spent less than $5,765 per-pupil. There is no way that APS is spending one-third of the state average on education.

Where is Esquivel getting his data? Who knows? They are not exactly known for their transparency.

The simple fact is that the schools should not be immune to cuts, but massive reforms are needed to increase transparency and improve accountability and performance.

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2 Replies to “Channel 7 Covers K-12 Spending Story (What Does APS Spend Per-Pupil)?”

  1. Old habits die hard.

    The APS Board and Administration is not going to know what hit it when a revolution occurs among the general populace who have grown tired of the inability to get multimillion dollar computer systems to work, tired of the lack of transparency and growth of obfuscation, tired of being taxed to death, tired of a 50% graduation rate, tired of those graduating with skill sets so low they are unable to enter college or find work…

    Keep up the good work RGF!

  2. I hate to point this out again but the problem is more with the people we send to Santa Fe than anywhere else; both Republican and Democrat. The legislature only picks around the edges and will not make bold changes and cuts that are required to fix New Mexico’s education system. (I think they are afraid of the unions.) My own senator, Republican Sue Beffort, refuses to even answer my e-mails about education reform. Until we put people in the legislature that are committed to fixing the problem, we will remain a third world country regarding education.

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