It may not be the point of view many would expect, but I agree with Superintendent Crit Caton of Artesia: When it comes to charter schools and traditional public schools in New Mexico, there is absolutely a double standard.
Charter schools write an extensive application, called a charter, that needs to be approved by an authorizer. Every five years after that, the charter needs to be approved for its ability to meet the goals it established in its charter. Under the newest regulation, charters write annual goals into a performance contract that are reviewed for success each year by their authorizer.
In this way, while charters are given some freedom to pursue a specific mission, they are accountable to their authorizer to meet or exceed a number of annual goals.
As part of their increased accountability, charters are granted waivers from certain regulations to help these schools meet their mission. One of these waivers allows charters to create an alternate teacher evaluation system.