Judge refuses to block teacher evals

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The Associated Press

SANTA FE — A state District Court judge is refusing to block Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Judge C. Shannon Baca’s order issued Friday says the Public Education Department has authority under state law to impose an evaluation system of its own design.

Many educators are opposed to the evaluation system, and three Democratic legislators joined with a teachers union and educators in seeking a court ruling to block implementation.

Baca disagreed with the plaintiffs’ contentions that the department is violating state law by changing the evaluation system without obtaining legislative approval and by exempting charter schools.

State Education Secretary Hanna Skandera had been expected to take part in a Community Education Initiatives Forum in Las Vegas Monday night, but the forum was canceled due to inclement weather. Organizers of the forum said they planned to reschedule.