Pearce, Lujan Grisham want to suspend state's teacher evaluation system
The Associated Press
June 14, 2018 05:36 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's Republican candidate for governor is calling for an immediate suspension of the state's embattled teacher evaluation system that he describes as badly broken.
U.S. Congressman and GOP nominee Steve Pearce told The Associated Press on Thursday that the current system for rating teacher performance has crushed the spirit of many talented educators and contributed to the state's teacher shortage.
Pearce says that if elected, he would bring together teachers and other stakeholders to devise a new plan.
Outgoing two-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has consistently pushed to incorporate teacher evaluations and students' standardized test results into a system aimed at greater accountability.
That system has been the focus of protests and legal challenges as New Mexico lags behind most states in rates of student academic proficiency.
KOB reached out to Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Democratic candidate for governor. She sent this statement:
"Steve Pearce can’t run from his record of consistently voting to cut money from New Mexico classrooms. Our educators, students, and parents can’t trust someone who has sided with the most extreme members of Congress to gut education programs and make it harder for students to afford college. Educators from across New Mexico trust Michelle to reform our education system so that our students spend less time testing, more time learning, and have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in the workforce.
Michelle released a detailed plan months ago that includes doing away with Susana Martinez's failed evaluation system and has long been on the front line of this issue along side educators and families. Steve Pearce has been no where in sight until it has become politically convent for him to do so."
The Associated Press
Updated: June 14, 2018 05:36 PM
Created: June 14, 2018 03:55 PM
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