Two fathers are leading an effort to recall nearly all the members of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, saying they are incensed about APS’ settlement terms with outgoing Superintendent Luis Valentino, who stepped down Monday.
Jacob Gil and Van Overton said they are driven by anger at the roughly $100,000 payout and positive reference letter Valentino got from the board as terms of his resignation.
They want to replace the entire APS board except for District 5’s Steven Michael Quezada, who has been the most vocal critic of Valentino. “There have to be consequences,” said Gil, a father of four who also launched a change.org petition seeking Valentino’s ouster a few weeks ago. “Try to explain that (settlement) to someone who is living paycheck to paycheck. … This is parents of APS students pushing back.”