Schools to Skandera: What’s your hurry?

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By Sherry Robinson

School superintendents, by necessity, are practical people who have to wrap thinner and thinner budgets around more and more needs. They’re not ideological hotheads. So it’s telling that in the great teacher evaluation debate, superintendents are saying to the state Public Education Department, we need more time.
Many, like Ruidoso District Schools Superintendent George Bickert, want another year to work the bugs out and not “just ram this down everybody’s throats this year,” he told the Ruidoso News. “That’s been the big problem and PED has been very inflexible in terms of, ‘No, we are doing it this way, we are doing it this year, we are doing it right now.’ ”
Bickert compared the process to flying an airplane as you build it.
Portales Muncipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain described in a letter to lawmakers the “almost frantic implementation” of PED’s implementation system.

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