NM Governor Signs Education Transparency Bills

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law legislation aimed at improving transparency among New Mexico's public school districts and charter schools.

A signing ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon at Sandia High School in Albuquerque.

Among the legislation is a measure that would require financial information about school districts and charter schools to be posted on a government website known as the "sunshine portal."

Schools will be required to provide data to the Public Education Department for online publication, including a yearly operating budget, monthly spending as well as a directory of school employees by name, title and salary.

Public education accounts for more than 40 percent of New Mexico's yearly spending. Supporters say the public should be able to access information showing how schools spend taxpayer money.