AFTNM Responds To Changes In New Mexico Teacher Evaluations
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFTNM) President Stephanie Ly released the following statement regarding changes to NM teacher evaluations saying it represents minimal effort from the Public Education Department to remedy the flawed system:
AFTNM President Stephanie Ly
“Word of changes to the teacher evaluation system in New Mexico under Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez should be welcome news, however, these recently announced changes represent only a superficial effort which leaves a vast majority of veteran educators still persecuted under the Public Education Department’s rule.
“These changes are akin to a shell game – meant to distract in the hopes that advocates for public education will relent and ignore the remaining PED policies. Secretary Skandera’s acknowledgement that previously used evaluation measures for new educators and those who do not teach core subjects “had literally no connection” to their eventual score is a stunning admission from an administration which has aggressively defended their imposed system to this point.
“It comes as no surprise that the PED is scrambling to amend and legitimize their sham of an evaluative process in the face of several lawsuits which are progressing through the New Mexico legal system. Professional educators know the current evaluation system is detrimental to our profession, our students, and our communities, and have led to historic teacher shortages across our State.
“If Secretary Skandera is truly concerned with doing the “right thing,” she needs to give relief to the thousands of educators across this state who are being harmed under her policy. Anything less is simply window dressing.”