Jerry Appel

Let's be clear about this, no system is perfect which is the basis for your argument because you want only "good" teachers to get a raise. The Martinez administration attempted to do this and it destroyed the morale of the teaching corps, accelerated the talent drain, and no reasonable pe…

Ms. Groginsky sounds great, but I have to wonder about the revamped data-collection system. How much time it will add to the days of these overworked child-care providers? As a New Mexico public school teacher I am fully versed in all the "data collection" burdens that have been added. I …

There are several falsehoods in this article and the NMPED designate's spin. First off, more and more universities are dropping the ACT/SAT as an entrance requirement because it is not an accurate assessment https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/10/18/record-number-colleges-drop-s…

If Sec. Skandera is correct, 7 out of 10 top performing schools are charters (her evaluation system), and these charters have smaller class sizes, then the answer to improving academic performance is more and smaller campuses getting the same per pupil funding as those "successful"…

These numbers are hardly startling. Under the best of circumstances one in three college students graduate on time from public universities. This is normal. In New Mexico it should be lower because of the lottery system. Our society has sold college as a cure all to provide better jobs to hi…

As a New Mexico educator, but not resident, I have a few suggestions. The reality is that The Land of Enchantment is dirt poor and mostly a desert. Those with college educations are looking critically at this state and wondering where the future growth is. As a desert there is little water t…

This program is a train wreck waiting to happen. There are no rules in place to determine what an effective teacher is except the existing program of teacher evaluation which is stated in the article. It is also stated in the article that NMPED's system is facing several legal challenges bec…

"Part of the appeal of PARCC, Skandera said, is it allows New Mexico to compare its results with those of the 10 other states that have adopted the testing program, along with the District of Columbia." This is a bogus argument. Students already take the ACT, which is given nationw…

This report is accurate. Taught middle school for eight years in Texas. The same problem everywhere. This is the age bracket during which a lot of parents stop monitoring their children. This is also the age bracket when hormones kick-in, and thoughtful brain function is overridden by same h…

Making excuses is never a class act. Gov. Martinez's attempts to pass the same legislation remind me of the Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The real difference is that the New Mexico Legislature won't vote more than 50 times to repeal something that works for all of us.