"New Mexico was 46th in teacher pay (when he was elected), now we're 29th."
Bill Richardson on Thursday, May 10th, 2007 in a TV ad.
Correct, but stats came from friendly group
The ranking of 46th is from the 2002-03 National Education Association survey of teacher pay. The newest NEA ranking, with 2004-05 statistics, only shows New Mexico has climbed to 40th. The New Mexico chapter of the NEA did its own estimate and concluded that the state now ranks 29th in teacher pay, but the local NEA chapter is run by Charles Bowyer, who identifies himself as a longtime Richardson supporter.