Cost-benefit: What kind of bang for the buck do we get from public education in comparison with other states?
The state with the lowest overall cost per student is Utah, at $6,500. Nevertheless, Utah ranks 13th in K-12 student achievement, according to Education Week.
Where does New Mexico, which spends $9,734, fully $3,234 more per pupil, rank in student achievement? You guessed it, 49th!
What about Arizona, which spends $2,206 less per pupil than New Mexico? Arizona ranks 25th in K-12 achievement, way ahead of New Mexico.