APS Superintendent Winston Brooks suspended for tweets

Posted at: 11/08/2013 1:00 PM
Updated at: 11/08/2013 5:14 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks is suspended for three days starting on Monday because of something he posted on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Superintendent Brooks wrote several tweets essentially comparing the state’s education secretary to a farm animal. On Friday, the APS Board of Education called it unacceptable. In addition to a three-day suspension, they put a letter of reprimand in his file. APS Board of Education president Marty Esquivel said he does believe Brooks will make up for his mistake and they will support him going forward.

The tweets came after an ongoing dispute between the Superintendent and the state education secretary over recent changes to teacher evaluations and student testing. The Board of Education said Friday that those arguments have gone too far.

“For those on both sides of what should be a thoughtful policy discussion in New Mexico, let's acknowledge that the rhetoric level has been way out of line,” Esquvel said. “Kids are not a political football.”

The Board of Education also criticized the district’s social media specialist, who posted several small pictures – or emoijis – of farm animals in response to Brooks’ tweets. The district says she has been disciplined.

Friday, the Board of Education also asked the district’s communications department to do a complete review of social media use within the district, starting at the top.