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Co-owner of FLOAT Los Alamos, Linda Casias, said the shop is donating free sessions to Los Alamos teachers as a way to show appreciation for their efforts.
Schools, community rally around teachers

The Los Alamos school district and the community have reached out to the district’s school teachers after many teachers voiced concern about receiving flawed performance evaluations from the New Mexico Department of Education. 

The teachers also pushed back against the state department’s new teacher attendance rules, which many say have left them very little leeway when it comes to taking care of their health and family emergencies.

On Thursday, school district officials took a proactive stance on the issue, seeking clarification on the new attendance rules from the NMPED, and submitting 80 appeals to the department on behalf of teachers who said their evaluations were flawed.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said the third issue the district is working on with the NMPED is teacher peer groups, where teachers are grouped together in accordance to their skill level and experience.  

At an Oct. 11 school board meeting, many complained the NMPED included on their evaluations tests their students didn’t participate in that were used to factor teacher scores. Some said the number of students they taught also was incorrect.