Source: Education Week

A lower court ruling in New Mexico that deemed the state’s school finance system unconstitutional has pitted the many candidates running for state office against each other over how to provide more money to its schools. A state district court judge ruled late last week that the state pays its teachers too little, provides its schools out-of-date textbooks and technology and, through its unique teacher evaluation system, removes incentives for its best-performing teachers to work at its worst-performing schools. That amounts to a system in which the state’s public schools don’t do enough to provide its students a constitutionally adequate education, the court ruled.