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Sat May 23, 2015, 01:01 AM

Albuquerque Public Schools teachers burn their evaluations

More than three dozen Albuquerque school teachers, including many who have just been rated “highly effective” by the New Mexico Public Education Department, burned their teacher evaluations in front of the Albuquerque Public Schools headquarters Wednesday to protest what many called the inherent “unfairness” of the process.

Courtney Hinman ignited the blaze by taking a lighter to his “effective” evaluation. He was quickly followed by a “minimally effective” special education teacher from Albuquerque High School, then by a “highly effective” teacher from Monte Vista Elementary School.

Wally Walstrom, also of Monte Vista Elementary, told the crowd of 60 or 70 people that his “highly effective” rating was “meaningless,” before tossing it into the fire.

One after another, teachers used the words “meaningless” and “unfair” to describe the evaluations and the process used to arrive at those judgments.

Read more: http://www.abqjournal.com/587949/news/aps-teachers-burn-their-evals.html

Cross-posted in the Labor Movement Group.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat May 23, 2015, 03:21 AM

1. Civil Disobedience, baby!

 

This is how you roll back the crap.
Gonna' take a while.

After all, those teachers are going up against "reform".

As a retired English teacher, I can only marvel at the devilishly-clever use of language
used by the "reformers"-privatizers-charter-school pushers.

Slugs like fired LAUSD superintendent John ("sleazy" Deasy were skilled at using
wording similar to MLK and the Civil Rights movement to sell their test-fueled charter school takeover
scam, which continues today under a new crop of corporatist privatizers on the school board and elsewhere.

The fight goes on ...


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Sat May 23, 2015, 03:32 AM

2. Republican Governor Martinez and her Education Secretary

Hanna Skandera have instituted stupid policy that ties student test scores with teacher evaluations. It's nonsense. I'm glad to see these teachers publicly opposing it. These are teachers who care a great deal about their students.

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