Consultants to the Public Education Department have been in the news the past few weeks.
Use of the consultants has been called everything from a waste of money to insulting to a scam, the latter epithet coming from an Albuquerque Journal columnist.
Before addressing the charges, consider public education in New Mexico. In general, we spend more money and get less than nearly every state.
According to the National Education Association, during 2009 we spent $10,999 for each student in our public K-12 schools.