Group rallies at capitol for education changes

Updated: 02/15/2014 6:11 PM | Created: 02/15/2014 6:08 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

With a week left in the legislative session, many groups are scrambling to make their voices heard and get bills passed in their favor.

One of these groups, full of teachers, parents and students, rallied at the state capitol building Saturday.

“I feel like every day they're just trying to take away any creative aspects there are in education,” student Jacqueline Sanchez, who participated in the rally and march, said.

Speakers said it is time for change toward fewer testing days, teacher pay raises and a stop to the new teacher evaluation rubric, which bases half a teacher’s score on testing.

“You should be able to be a good teacher and a good parent at the same time, and the hours I’m having to spend to try to jump through the hoops handed to me as a public educator are really difficult right now,” parent and teacher Tamra Gedde said.

But Governor Susana Martinez says the Public Education Department has not added new tests recently and any extra testing time for students is being added by individual districts, not the state.

She also says her team is already working on a plan for teacher pay raises.

“They will also be receiving raises across the board, we don't know how much, that is what's being discussed and negotiated right now with the legislature,” Governor Martinez said.

Governor Martinez says she believes those pay raises will be decided on in the next week, before the session ends. 

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