AFT New Mexico, Teachers and Legislators Appeal Teacher Evaluation Rule Lawsuit

On Thursday, AFT New Mexico filed a notice of appeal to New Mexico Court of Appeals.

“AFT New Mexico’s executive council voted to appeal this case because we feel we have a duty to our members, New Mexico’s students, communities and taxpayers to challenge the Public Education Department’s rules that are hurting our public education system,” says AFT NM President Stephanie Ly.

The lawsuit, originally filed on September 6, 2013 by AFT NM, NM State Senators Lopez and Morales, and NM Representative Sheryl Williams-Stapleton, challenges the secretary-designate of education’s authority to enact the new teacher evaluation rule. The lawsuit claims that the rule conflicts with existing statute.

“Across the state, we have seen that the effects of the rule have been devastating. Educators don’t feel supported. Instead of getting meaningful feedback, they experience increased requirements for testing and paperwork that isn’t focused on improving instruction but rather on an unproductive game of shame and blame,” says Ly.

On November 20th, tens of thousands of educators across the state participated in a protest to bring back time for teaching, love of learning and professionalism in public education.

During December 9th-13th, thousands of community members, educators, legislators and students joined together in “Reclaiming the Promise for Public Education,” on a statewide bus tour asking everyone to sign onto a NEW vision for NM’s public education. “It is apparent that our communities are tired of the failed status quo education policies this secretary-designate and governor have implemented. We need new and positive education changes in NM,” stated Ly.