Moral Mondays: Educators march on the Roundhouse

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Santa Fe — For the second year in a row, thousands teachers, champions, students, parents and supporters rallied and marched from the Santa Fe Railyards to the Roundhouse in protest of issues affecting teachers and students across New Mexico. Teachers spoke about the “mandatory-flunking” House Bill 41, standardized testing and teacher evaluations.

To read more about the issues surrounding New Mexico education, click here.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) also announced a new lawsuit against the state Public Education Department – led by Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera – and its teacher evaluation system, stating it’s “arbitrary and capricious.” NEA has filed a similar lawsuit against the state Public Education Department over the implementation of teacher evaluations that are overly reliant on standardized testing.

Here’s a video from the rally:

To see more photos from the rally, click here.

Earlier, educators packed the Senate Rules Committee hearing for the confirmation of Secretary-designate Skandera.

The senate rules committee will reconvene at 11 am this morning. We’ll keep you updated as things unfold.

To keep up-to-date on this and other issues in the session,  follow the hashtag  #nmleg on Twitter.

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