Teachers speak out for, against PED changes

Posted at: 10/17/2013 6:47 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For the first time, a few New Mexico teachers were willing to air their criticism and support of changes put in place by the state’s Public Education Department, or PED.

Beginning this school year, PED implemented new teacher evaluation procedures that will complement new end of course exams for New Mexico students.

There appears to be growing support for an attack against PED led by Albuquerque Public Schools board member Kathy Korte.  4 On Your Side first reported on Korte’s efforts earlier this month.

“Well, I think one alternative is to slow it down,” Albuquerque teacher Adam Amador said in an interview with KOB Eyewitness News 4.  Amador supports Korte’s efforts.

He agreed that New Mexico’s educational system needs improvement, but said the new testing and teacher evaluations fail to adequately address economic and cultural influences in the classroom.

“Data and research shows that [students] don't do well on tests when they don't know where they're going to sleep, and where we don't know where they're coming from,” Amador said.

Meanwhile, Lisa Todd, another Albuquerque teacher, voiced support for the PED changes.  She said any change is long overdue.

Todd is especially supportive of the new teacher evaluations.

“It's not only given me an opportunity to reflect on my teaching, it's given an opportunity for my principals to give their input on how to improve my teaching,” Todd said.

She said teachers, administrators, and parents need to give PED a chance to implement the changes.

Next week, critics of PED plan to hold a rally at Del Norte High School.  It’s scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.