Plan Would Reveal Education Budgets

New Mexico – The public could go online to a state website and look at a local school's budget under a Senate proposal.

The Senate Public Affairs Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to require financial information about school districts and charter schools to be posted on a governmental website known as the "sunshine portal," .

The measure goes to the Education Committee for consideration.

Republican Sen. Sander Rue of Albuquerque said New Mexicans deserve to know more about public education because it accounts for not quite half of state government's yearly spending.

If the legislation is enacted, schools must provide certain information to the Public Education Department for online publication, including a yearly operating budget, monthly revenues and spending by categories, a listing of employees by name, title and salary.

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