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Sat July 14, 2012
New Mexico Unions Blast Teacher Evaluation Changes
Three New Mexico teachers unions are complaining the state Public Education Department has failed to consult parents and teachers as it crafts a new teacher evaluation system. The state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and the Albuquerque Education Assistants Association sent a letter Friday to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
The letter claims the state didn't include any teachers nominated by the American Teachers Federation on its evaluation task force.
The letter also says parents and school board members weren't included and that the task force violated the Open Meetings Act by meeting without public notice.
An education department spokesman dismissed the claims, saying the task force isn't subject to the act since it's not a policy-making body.
The unions say the state should "go back to the drawing board" to devise a better plan.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.