The “Keep the Promise” Bus rolled into Los Alamos Thursday, parking in the Sullivan Field parking lot around 3 p.m. right across from the high school.
Even though it was quite cold, at least one Los Alamos School Board member came out to “sign the bus” as well as a few teachers and some kids.
Keep the Promise is a partnership of businesses, educators and parents that’s concerned with the latest educational reforms coming out of the New Mexico Education Department. Since the beginning of the school year, the NMPED has introduced many changes to it’s teacher evaluation system as well as to the curriculum, which has many teachers upset.
Isidoro Herrera, a member of the American Federation of Teachers who was on bus, said there are other issues they want to bring to forefront, too.
“Teacher evaluations, fair salaries, and adequate salaries for all employees and staff are important issues too,” Herrera said.
Many think the NMPED has introduced too much too soon, and has loaded its teacher evaluation process, known as
“NMTeach” with too much “busywork,” which teachers in Los Alamos say is severely cutting into their teaching time with the students.