AFT maps out its vision as state legislature looms

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Education> Teacher wants changes in how state manages public education

By Tris DeRoma

SANTA FE — It was an afternoon of fiery speeches and goal setting Monday as the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico held a press conference in the rotunda of the capitol, putting legislators on notice they wanted changes in how the state manages public education.
Those attending from Los Alamos included a group of retired teachers and current teachers, including Ryan Ross, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Jane Young, Shelby Redondo and Ellen Mills, who is also the president of AFT affiliate the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees.
Speakers at the event included the National Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Vice President Kathy Chavez, AFT NM President Stephanie Ly, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, (D-Bernalillo), New Mexico’s first Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy and others.
In this legislative session, AFT NM hopes to accomplish several goals, including getting the New Mexico Public Education Department to be more receptive to public input, supply more funding to critical programs, let teachers have more say in their evaluations and not rely so much on testing as a barometer of teacher performance and student learning.

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