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American Federation of Teachers-NM keeps heat on NMPED

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Education > Teachers’ group presents petition to state to curtail student testing

By Tris DeRoma

An organization aligning itself with New Mexico’s education reform movement recently made its move on the New Mexico Public Education Department, dropping off two petitions with it collected on a recent bus tour of New Mexico.
One of those petitions, created by Stephanie Ly, president of the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, had 3,000 signatures.
Ly personally dropped off the petition with Hanna Skandera, New Mexico’s education secretary in mid-December at New Mexico’s Public Education Office in Santa Fe.
The petition, which can be found on Move.org, is asking residents to help reform New Mexico’s public education system.
“We want curriculum that focuses on teaching and learning, not testing, and that includes art, music and the sciences. We want to put the public back in public education,” a statement in the petition read. “The top-down policies of the last decade have not worked. It’s clear that austerity, competition, division and hyper-testing have not and will not help our students. Top-down edicts, sanctions, mass school closures and denigrating teachers will not move the needle in the right direction. Our children and our schools deserve better.”


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