LAFSE To Problem Solve With School Board Thursday

Former teacher Mary Van Eeckhout expresses her frustration saying, ‘When I taught we felt so supported … I don’t know what happened to the olden days but I want them back.’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard spoke with the teachers and board at the Oct.11 LAPS Board Meeting saying, “I am here to commit my support to work with the board and Dr. Steinhaus on the ‘Leave Me Alone Bill’ to get us some exemptions like the charter schools” and thanked the board for their support of the local teachers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, School Board President Jim Hall, Vice President Jenny McCumber, Secretary Andrea Cunningham and Board Member Bill Hargraves. Board Member Matt Williams attended the Oct. 11 meeting by telephone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFSE News:

  • LAFSE is asking for concerned teachers, parents and other community members to participate in Thursday’s discussion

The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support at the Oct. 11 School Board meeting.

“It felt cathartic for teachers to have their voices heard. It was beneficial for those involved to gain a clear understanding of how unfair this evaluation tool is. Being reassured that the school district is behind us and is interested in the fight against the things being handed down from the Public Education Department is exactly what we needed,” LAFSE President Whitney Holland said.

The school board has agreed to place the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy on the agenda for the Thursday, Oct. 27 school board work session at Mountain Elementary School. At this meeting, the school board will have the opportunity to respond and participate in dialogue about the unfair evaluation conditions that teachers are currently facing.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to problem-solve together,” Holland said.

Shane Youtz, AFT NM’s lawyer for the evaluation lawsuit will be attending Thursday’s school board meeting. This will be a great chance for the community to meet and talk with him about the current injunction. Currently AFT has secured an injunction against PED, stating that the teacher evaluations cannot cause “irreparable harm.” “Teachers are searching for answers about this new evaluation,  so we are hopeful that a representative from PED will attend the meeting as well,” said Christine Engelbrecht, LAFSE vice president of Certified Staff.

LAFSE is asking for concerned teachers, parents and other community members to attend the school board work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mountain Elementary (2280 North Road) and participate in the discussion.

“Although LAFSE is trying to support union members in this tough time, it is important to recognize that this is not an isolated union problem. The inaccurate evaluation system affects all teachers in the district. We hope that all teachers, union members or not, will come to this meeting to address this problem, Engelbrecht said. 

Holland can be reached with comments and questions at Whitneymhol@gmail.com. LAFSE will keep union members and the community updated through its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LAFSE.

Teachers pack the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PED Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster addressed the School Board at the Oct.11 LAPS Board Meeting saying, ‘Yours hands are tied in a lot of ways but what you can do is take some things off the teachers’ plate and support them in any way you can.’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

GATE Teacher Michele Alterr joined teacher after teacher and a parent or two who stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher Andrea Determan joined teacher after teacher and a parent or two who stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Teacher after teacher and a parent or two stepped to the podium at the Oct. 11 School Board Meeting to express their frustration with the NMPED teacher evaluation and new attendance policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, left, and School Board President Jim Hall explain that they cannot respond to the teachers because the topic was not on the agenda, adding that they would get it on an agenda soon. They have done so and the teacher evaluation and new attendance policy will be discussed at the upcoming Work Session beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mountain School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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