Failing in its one constitutional priority, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives might not get a spending plan to the Senate this 30-day session. Why? Because Democrats refused to compromise on a paltry $20 million from a $6.17 billion dollar spending plan, of which $2.7 billion was for education.
That equates to.3 percent, in shorts, 2 cents out of $6.10.
Gov. Susana Martinez, chosen by the public and going a co-equal branch of government, originally desired $124 million for public school class initiatives, however compromised by coming down $107 million.
But the Democrat-controlled House had such a difficulta tough time swallowing a. 3 percent compromise that they refused to meet their number one obligation to the states taxpayers.
They battled tooth and nail against a Republican change that would have sent $20 million in brand-new education efforts directly to failing public school class, while ensuring 3 percent raises for public school teachers.
This was simply days after a nationwide report revealed that, thanks to Martinez education campaigns, New Mexico had the 2nd highest percentage in the nation of inadequate students to pass an advanced positioning test and the highest number of Hispanic students to pass an AP test.
Republican education efforts have thus provided more successful resultslead to less than 4 years than the Democrat majority has in 61 years of controlling the states education budget plan.
Is this why they declined to compromise on such a little amounta percentage?
Why don’t they want New Mexicos kids to move beyond dead last in the country, where they have kept them for moremajority a century?
New Mexico is in the top 10 states across the country for spending on school administration and bureaucracy, 25th for per-pupil spending and among the worst in total results.
The Albuquerque Public School system invests 49.1 percent of its budget plan on non-classroom employees.
According to the states Legislative Finance Council, the typical yearly income for returning educators in New Mexico is approximately $46,000, more than $3,000 greater than the median household earnings in the state. Nationwide, its $44,000. Meanwhile, the national head of states of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association earn almost $500,000 apiece.
Republican politicians are sick of our kids being last. We are tired of the moneythe cash we vote to proper for teachers pay raises never getting to them, getting lost rather in the funding formula where they vanish into a black hole of administration and bureaucracy.
With New Mexicos kids already placing – yet once again – dead last in the nation in education, exactly how much even worse does education need to get in New Mexico before those in control are readywant to put children before political power plays that are extremely unjust to them?
Let Martinez continue her already successful education initiatives. We owe it to our kids, who are growing up in an ever-increasingly competitive international economy.
Einstein notoriously stated that the definition of madness is doing the very same thing over and over and expecting different outcomes. It is time for a modification in New Mexico.