ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A union lawsuit challenging the Public Education Department’s teacher evaluation system will not go to trial until October, six months later than originally scheduled.
On Monday, 1st Judicial District Judge David Thomson in Santa Fe backed PED’s request to delay the April 11 trial, rescheduling it for Oct. 24. The new date will give PED time to streamline its evaluation process – changes announced in late January that still have to go through necessary steps including public forums and publication.
A partial preliminary injunction restricting use of the evaluation system, granted in December, remains in place. The plaintiffs include the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico; its local affiliate, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation; five state lawmakers and seven teachers.
The injunction prevents PED from using the evaluations to make decisions on employment, advancement and licensure until trial.