New Mexico’s cuts in education spending among deepest in U.S.

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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 10:45 pm | Updated: 12:37 am, Sat Sep 14, 2013.

New Mexico has had some of the deepest education spending cuts since the recession began and is one of just 13 states where spending per student is still at least 10 percent below 2008 levels, according to a new analysis.

The report, issued by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, indicates New Mexico has cut $946 in per-pupil spending since 2008, a decrease of 11.4 percent, when adjusted for inflation. Eleven states have cut a higher percentage of their per-pupil spending, led by Oklahoma, which has reduced spending by almost 23 percent. But just four states have cut more dollars per student — Alabama, Wisconsin, Kansas and Idaho. California has cut $1 less per student than New Mexico has.

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  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 11:16 am on Sat, Sep 14, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 585

    Mr. Taccetta:

    The reason that New Mexico will not follow your reasonable suggestion is this: it makes too much sense. Our people are not paying attention to what is going on. For example, when the Santa Fe City Council banned plastic bags, why was it a “good idea” to charge consumers for paper bags? Why not charge the producers of paper bags? We’re just not thinking.

    Same thing with oil, gas, mining, everything else: if we New Mexicans were paying attention, we would demand that our politicians serve “we the people” rather than the underwriters of those who support their campaigns. How would Susana have been elected without oil money donors?

    If each time a corporate donor made a campaign contribution they had to make an in kind education donation that would be a start;

    If every time we signed another contract with a film company there was an education contribution made to PED's general fund, that would be a step;

    If ever time we needed books printed, supplies purchased, teachers and principals hired, all were New Mexican that would be a pillar;

    And the day that our people realize that New Mexico is more than chile, Balloon Fiesta, vacation destinations and a tourist trap, that is the day when we start preparing our children for success and not as movie extras and tour guides.

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 9:55 am on Sat, Sep 14, 2013.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 364

    Another list that New Mexicans can be embarrassed about! Why not raise taxes on oil and gas producers and polluters like PNM's coal fired plants - use the proceeds to fund a top quality education for all of our students, through college, as they are doing in Oregon.


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