APS Classroom Spending Near National Average

APS Classroom Spending Near National Average

APS Spent $9,052 Per Student

So is the Albuquerque Public Schools top-heavy with administrators and short-changing teachers and students in the classroom?

According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, APS is right in line with the national average in terms of the amount of its budget it spends in the classroom.

In 2015, APS spent 59.4 percent of its budget on classroom instruction. The national average was 60.6 percent.

Overall in New Mexico, school districts spent 56 percent of their budgets for instructional purposes, the Census Bureau said.

APS spokesperson Monica Armenta said the district tries “very hard to put every dollar possible into the classroom. That has been our mantra for the 12 years that I have been here.”

APS, which is the 32nd largest school district in the nation, spent $9,052 per student, compared to the national average of $11,392. New Mexico’s per-pupil spending was $9,752.

That national per-pupil spending average includes states like New York and Alaska, which spent $21,206 and $20,172 per pupil respectively.

Nationally, public school districts spent a total of $567.7 billion in 2015. New Mexico’s districts spent $3.2 billion.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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