District Court Testimony Begins Wednesday On Preliminary Injunction Pausing High-stakes Testing In Evaluation Of Education Professionals

AFT NM News:

SANTA FE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation’s District Court lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department advances as Wednesday’s hearing commences a motion for a preliminary injunction.

This lawsuit seeks to provide relief to educators across New Mexico by pausing, and eventually seeking to prevent the use of high-stakes testing in the evaluation of education professionals.

It is the belief of AFT NM and ATF that the current evaluation system, imposed by Public Education Department rule, is unsound, untested, and ultimately unfair, causing thousands of veteran educators to either retire or have their licenses jeopardized by these rules.

Disruptions and vacancies in public school classrooms impact student learning and are detrimental to our schools and communities.

The hearing on the AFT NM/ATF request for preliminary injunction begins at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the courtroom of Hon. Judge David Thomson at the 1st Judicial District Court, 225 Montezuma St. in Santa Fe.

The September 16th hearing is the first of two days of scheduled testimony on this motion. The second day of testimony will occur Monday, Sept. 21. Witnesses for AFT NM/ATF will testify Sept. 16 and witnesses for the Public Education Department will testify  Sept. 21.