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Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia said she believes the state education department is retaliating against her – and her district – after she spoke out against it.
Garcia says the Public Education Department is disparaging her district’s school grades because of her public support for a judge’s blistering, landmark decision that New Mexico is violating the constitutional rights of “at-risk” students – a lawsuit for which she was a lead witness. And she has also spoken out against PED’s decision to appeal the ruling.
Garcia criticized Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski’s comments when he announced school grades last week. Ruszkowski said at the time Santa Fe is the “most concerning” among the state’s largest school districts and highlighted 56 percent of Santa Fe’s schools received either a D or F grade.