SANTA FE – The federal government has given the New Mexico Public Education Department a first-of-its-kind waiver on teacher qualification requirements.
The waiver, announced Tuesday, will allow highly rated teachers – via a controversial teacher evaluation system – to teach classes in other subjects and grade levels without having to meet the qualifications stipulated by No Child Left Behind.
It will not apply to new teachers, and school districts will be able to decide whether to take advantage of the waiver, PED officials said.
“This decision is great news for every school district in New Mexico,” Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said. “Providing flexibility for districts to better utilize the skills of their most effective teachers will expand the access our students have to excellent instruction. This is a big win for New Mexico’s students.”