NM Senate Wants School Budget Information Online

New Mexico – The Senate has approved a measure requiring financial information about school districts and charter schools to be posted on a governmental website known as the "sunshine portal."

If the legislation is enacted, 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 the state's yearly spending. Supporters of the legislation say the public should be able to easily access information showing how schools spend taxpayer money.

The website on New Mexico governmental information can be found at .

The Senate unanimously approved the bill on Monday and sent it to the House for consideration.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.