As a result, National Education Association of New Mexico President Betty Patterson said in a statement, the department appears to be trying “to ‘pull back’ money from school districts.” The department is “once again failing to live up to its political claims about putting students first,” she added.
"Every student in New Mexico should have the opportunity to pursue higher education. Unfortunately, the cost of college is putting that dream out of reach for too many and New Mexico leads the nation in student loan defaults,” Betty Patterson, President of NEA-NM said. “Congressman Lujan’s Save for Success Act will make higher education more achievable for New Mexico students by helping families save for college.”
Charles Bowyer, executive director of the National Education Association-New Mexico, said Monday that he thinks the governor’s Supreme Court brief is politically motivated.
Executive Director Charles Bowyer, in an editorial appearing in publications across the state, says, “The Public Education Department claimed certain “facts” about our public schools they could not prove, and which they used to deceive the Legislature and the public to support their seriously flawed teacher evaluation system. Rather than contritely admitting they made false claims, that agency responded by attacking the group that brought forth the public-interest action, the National Education Association-New Mexico.”
A district judge’s decision to award $14,071 in attorney fees over a stalled open records request should put all public officials on notice. The decision came as a result of state Public Education Department officials failing to respond to a public records request over statewide teacher evaluations. District Court Judge Sarah Singleton made the right call.
“Is our government meant to be only ‘open’ for the wealthy who can afford to pay their own legal expenses to obtain Court rulings against agencies who fail to comply with the Inspection of Public Records Act?” NEA-NM President Betty Paterson asked.
First District Judge Francis Mathew ruled against the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) in its attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the National Education Association- New Mexico (NEA-NM).
NEA-New Mexico filed an open records request asking the PED for documentation of PED claims that 99.8% of teachers were rated as meeting competencies under our old evaluation system. When the PED failed to comply, we filed a lawsuit in September 2014.
Several months and a $485 fine against the PED later, we now know that the supposed teacher evaluation
system that resulted in 99.8 percent of teachers being deemed "effective" was really not an evaluation
system at all. Read the Deming Headlight's great editorial on our win and the PED's lame response.
Silver City Sun-News article discusses teacher evaluation and refers to our lawsuit.
Gus Benakis, associate superintendent of human relations and transportation, made a public statement about how the NMPED evaluations will not affect any teacher’s employment in the district.
As educators in New Mexico public schools, we are on the front lines of witnessing the struggles faced by our students and their families
The National Education Association wants a new accountability system with a focus on equity in the next No Child Left Behind.