ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“We are disappointed to hear the United States Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s State Equity Plan to Provide Equal Access to Excellent Educators.
“The goal of this plan is to close the equity gap in education, meaning all students, especially those attending low-income or rural schools receive equal access to high quality public educators, however the New Mexico Public Education failed to meaningfully incorporate stakeholder input from parents, communities, and professional educators, which would have improved the chances for New Mexico students to succeed in public schools.
“Using the existing PED evaluation structure to determine ‘excellent’ educators within New Mexico is not an accurate measure of current New Mexico educators based on testimony from PED experts that at least 10 percent of all New Mexico educators are incorrectly classified within the existing PED evaluation system.
“We, as educators, work to close the educational equity gap on a daily basis in our classrooms, schools, and communities. Making policies, which are devoid of actual input from classroom educators, is a disservice to our students and communities. We call on Secretary Skandera to meaningfully incorporate educator voices in the decision-making process in Santa Fe. But most importantly, we need proven, tested education policies which support closing the equity gap.”