American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Responds To Public Schools Risk Advisory

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:


“Auditor Keller is correct to draw attention to the importance for all school districts in New Mexico to closely follow provisions of the School Personnel Act, and the potential consequences when the law is circumvented.

“We have recent examples from Albuquerque, Mora, and Espanola of serious issues which can arise when the School Personnel Act is not followed. Most notably, risks to our children, educational professionals, and tax dollars become forefront when controls for background checks and licensure become lax.  We, as educational professionals, will not condone any shortcuts in this important vetting process, whether at the district level, or by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

“We call upon the Secretary of Education, Hanna Skandera, to fully comply with the direction from Auditor Keller and ensure the safety of our students and schools becomes her top priority.  Without confidence in this process, quality education in New Mexico’s schools will suffer, tax dollars become jeopardized, and the safety of our children could be compromised.”