A national study says New Mexico ranked 20th last year among states in annual per-pupil education spending, even though it is listed near the bottom of many lists on student achievement.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that an annual study from the National Education Association found that New Mexico spends $11,019 per student in New Mexico — $81 more than the national average. That includes federal, state and local K-12 spending.
Yet, New Mexico's fourth-grade reading scores tied with the District of Columbia for the nation's lowest ranking in the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. And its eighth-grade reading and fourth-grade math scores were third from the bottom.
The National Education Association is one of the nation's largest teacher's unions.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal.
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