Protesters rally against NM teacher evaluations

October 22, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of teachers and their supporters gathered on the field of an Albuquerque high school to protest a new state teacher evaluation program and student testing methods.

The Albuquerque Journal reports [auth] ( that at least 600 people held a relatively peaceful protest Tuesday afternoon at Del Norte High School.

Kathy Korte, vice-president of Albuquerque Public Schools’ Board of Education, says Gov. Susana Martinez and education chief Hanna Skandera shouldn’t implement the evaluation system.

Attorney General Gary King and APS Superintendent Winston Brooks were also present but did not speak.

Several teachers voiced their opposition, saying the new system and extra student testing leaves little time for actual teaching.

Demonstrators had signs with messages such as “less testing, more learning” and “Please, give me back my time to teach.”

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