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.