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AFT President Randi Weingarten confers with attorney Shane Youtz and Stephanie Ly at Thursday’s hearing.
Judge forces issue on N.M. teacher evals

SANTA FE — On Thursday, Santa Fe First Judicial District Court Judge David Thomson put the fight between unions and the New Mexico Public Education Department’s over the teacher evaluation process on a very fast track.
In February, the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, the Albuquerque Federation of Teachers and several individuals filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera.
The plaintiffs called the new teacher evaluation process “flawed” and a violation of a teacher’s constitutional rights.
A request for a preliminary injunction was filed three months later by the plaintiffs in an effort to halt the evaluation process, saying that it was already doing “irreparable harm” to thousands of teachers across New Mexico.
Thursday, Thomson heard from both sides on why he should, or should not, file a preliminary injunction.