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ALBUQUERQUE— Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday signed into law legislation aimed at increasing transparency among New Mexico’s public school districts and strengthening oversight of charter schools.
Among the four bills signed by the governor during a ceremony at Albuquerque’s Sandia High School was a measure that requires financial information about school districts and charter schools to be posted on a government website known as the “sunshine portal.”
“Open government breeds greater fiscal discipline, greater constituent engagement and the opportunity to continue our public discourse about the best way to spend the hard-earned monies of our overburdened taxpayers,” the governor said, standing before a class of government students.
Under the new law, schools will have to provide data to the Public Education Department for online publication, including a yearly operating budget, monthly spending as well as a directory of school employees by name, title and salary.
Since public education accounts for more than 40 percent of New Mexico’s yearly spending, supporters have argued that the public should be able to easily access information showing how schools spend taxpayer money.
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