New Mexico’s largest public school district wants the state to take a second look at nearly one-third of the evaluations the state conducted on its teachers. As of Friday, June 19, Albuquerque Public Schools submitted formal inquiries on behalf of 1,671 teachers to the state Public Education Department over problems with evaluations. That’s just over thirty percent of the 5,538 APS teachers who received state evaluations this year. APS spokeswoman Johanna King was careful to explain that the district doesn’t necessarily believe that all 1,671 contested evaluations are wrong. She said some of the inquiries ask for clarifications or more information, while others question an entire evaluation’s validity.
Steve Brügge was a middle-school science teacher who recently retired from teaching at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque. Mr. Brügge was previously featured in a front page column in the Albuquerque Journal, “Retiring teacher reveals eval for all to see.” He provided this letter to The New Mexico Political Report about his retirement from his profession. In my decades of teaching middle-school science, I’ve developed many lessons to make science interesting and real. One of my favorite units is the two weeks my students and I spend exploring how the discovery of radioactivity has changed our world. After reading a biography of Marie Curie, I show the students Madame Curie, the 1943 Greer Garson film. It’s truly a brilliant movie filled with subtle foreshadowing, wonderful symbolism, and some quite accurate science. There’s also the expected added Hollywood drama.