Teacher unions want to NM to slow evaluation plan

October 26, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Public Education Department [auth] is being asked by the state’s two teacher unions to slow its implementation of a new evaluation system for teachers and schools.

One union is considering legal action, while the other is threatening to withdraw support for renewal of a waiver that allows New Mexico more spending flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The head of the National Education Association in Las Cruces, Patrick Sanchez, tells the Albuquerque Journal ( that teachers have reached a boiling point over the department’s evaluation system.

The system has provoked protests and talks of a teacher strike in Albuquerque as well as criticism from teachers and others around the state.

Critics say the system places too much weight on student achievement.

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