Group says N.M. ranks 25th in per-student spending

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico finds itself in the middle of the pack in a recent ranking of per-student education spending by states.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the National Education Association, the nation's largest teacher union, placed New Mexico at 25th in such spending for the 2011-12 school year.

That report, released in December, shows New Mexico spending $10,203 per student.

State spending comparisons vary, depending on the group doing the analysis and their sources of data.

The U.S. Census Bureau offers a different set of data, released in May, that places New Mexico in 37th place for per-student spending, at $9,070 per student in fiscal 2011.

State education chief Hanna Skandera says the disparity between New Mexico's spending and sluggish test scores shows that funding without accountability doesn't deliver results.


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