Our friends at the Foundation for Education Choice have updated a great study that tracks the staffing surge (especially among non-teaching bureaucrats) on a state-by-state basis within our education system.
Nationally, since 1992, Inflation-Adjusted Per-Pupil Spending has risen by 27% while average teacher salaries have dropped by 2%. In New Mexico, per-student spending has risen by an astonishing 44% and teacher salaries have risen by 3%. See chart at bottom of this post.
It is clear that while school systems across the nation are spending considerably more per-student in real terms that money is not making its way to educators themselves. The report details that in tremendous detail.
In New Mexico, per-pupil spending has truly skyrocketed and, while teacher pay hasn’t grown dramatically, it has grown in real terms. Simply put, the idea that education spending in New Mexico is “inadequate” is absurd. There is definitely room for shifting resources into the classroom and away from bureaucrats, but this has not been done here.