Here’s how New Mexico K-12 spending per-pupil compares

How does New Mexico spending on public education stack up against its neighbors? While the Rio Grande Foundation has no love for the National Education Association union which attempts to thwart reform at every turn, they do have a useful report called “Rankings and Estimates.”

The data are not “brand new,” unfortunately as the latest available information is from 2019-2020, but as the data below highlight, New Mexico’s per-student spending (even before the recent influx of money) exceeds each of its neighbors. Alas, one cannot say the same for results.

Furthermore, according to the NEA report New Mexico’s per-pupil spending is 24th-highest nationally.