NEA-NM Member Newsroom

May 24th Special Session


After weeks of uncertainty and finger-pointing over New Mexico’s budget impasse, Gov. Susana Martinez has set the date and agenda for a special legislative session.

Unions question timing of teacher eval changes


“This is one of the first times I can recall a major announcement made on a Sunday,” Bowyer said. “It appears to me so that it would only be attended by a select group of folks that the governor wanted … the ones she often uses for her cheering section.” Bowyer called Sunday’s event “a political stunt.”

Governor: Changes being made to teacher evaluation system


"Our teachers have spoken, and we've listened," Martinez said after a weekend stop at a charter school in Albuquerque. "These changes are for teachers and by teachers, and I know they'll help build on the success we're seeing in the classroom."

Teacher evaluations allow six days


“It is a celebration. It is a partnership that we should maintain for the sake of our kids. And of course, for the sake of keeping our amazing teachers,” Martinez said at a news conference Sunday afternoon at the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science, where she was accompanied by teachers and state Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.

PED alters teacher evaluation system


The New Mexico Public Education Department is revamping its controversial teacher evaluation system, reducing the weight of student test results from 50 percent to 35 percent and doubling the number of sick days available without penalty.

District Response to NMPED


We are submitting this response to your letter dated March 23, 2017, on behalf of the District and Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia. Unfortunately, the NMPED letter contains incorrect legal analysis and incorrect assumptions. The Board is particularly concerned with NMPED’s attempt to curtail Dr. Garcia’s engagement in permissible civic activities as superintendent and for taking actions that the Board believes are well within the purview of the District.

Why Are New Mexico schools teaching outdated science while new standards sit on the shelf?


New Mexico knows what it needs to do to give kids a better chance when it comes to science achievement, but there’s something in the way.

Attorney General Balderas Announces Launch of Conscious Campus Initiative


Las Vegas, NM – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of his office’s statewide Conscious Campus initiative. The educational initiative aims to help college communities discuss the realities of sexual assault on campus, explore interventions, and benefit from community resources.

NEA-New Mexico blasts state over special-ed audit


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.

Luján Introduces Save For Success Act To Help Hard-Working Families Save For College


"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.”

NEA-New Mexico new radio ad campaign


Governor uses brief to blame teachers, one more time.


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.

Government in New Mexico is at an ethics tipping point


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.”

Our View: Break the Law? Pay the Price.


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.

A state district court awarded the NEA-NM money for legal fees, totaling $14,071.31 from the Public Education Department


“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.

NEA-New Mexico Wins First Round In Lawsuit Over Teacher Evaluations


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).

Newspaper says PED used an imaginary system that never existed, and then marveled at the improvements.


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 Administrators discuss teacher evaluations


Silver City Sun-News article discusses teacher evaluation and refers to our lawsuit.

Silver City School Board Takes Courageous Stand on Teacher Evaluation


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.

Op Ed - Right to Work is really the right to squeeze the middle class


As educators in New Mexico public schools, we are on the front lines of witnessing the struggles faced by our students and their families

Letter to Secretary of Education


The National Education Association wants a new accountability system with a focus on equity in the next No Child Left Behind.