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Suit filed against PED

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A lawsuit filed by Democratic legislators and a teachers union asks a court to block the New Mexico Department of Education’s new system for evaluating public school teachers’ performance.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the lawsuit filed Friday in state District Court in Albuquerque contends that parts of the department’s rule conflict with state law and are illegal.
Department spokesman Larry Behrens calls the suit a delay tactic that harms public school students.
Behrens also notes that the state Supreme Court previously rejected a challenge to the rule.
“This lawsuit rehashes the same tired arguments the Supreme Court rejected late last year,” PED spokesman Larry Behrens told the Journal. “We will fight yet another tactic to delay because we understand that 300,000 New Mexico students deserve better.”
Attorney Shane Youtz represents the plaintiffs. He says the new suit is narrower.
The suit cites provisions of the rule allowing charter schools to apply for waivers and for personnel other than principals to observe teachers in the classroom.
Educators allege that Education Secretary designate Hanna Skandera violated her statutory authority by promulgating the PED’s teacher
evaluation rule.


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