This article was last updated 12/28/2013 in order to capture the numbers of vacancies as they were on that day. The links to district hiring sites will reflect different numbers.
Thanks to an orchestrated drive to punish good teachers and reward those who follow the rules (yes, there is a big difference), the numbers of early retirements and resignations in districts throughout New Mexico are increasing rapidly. There is always turnover to be expected, but not like this, and not at the semester break. This is happening elsewhere, too, but New Mexico stands to be hurt worse by it.
According to informal surveys and data, the following districts are seeing teachers leave as soon as the Winter Holiday commences, and they aren’t coming back.
Hobbs Municipal Schools: 32 reported resignations; 19 open positions
Las Cruces Public Schools: 26 open positions
Roswell Independent School District: 26 open positions
Central Consolidated School District: 28 open positions
Clovis Municipal Schools: 6 open positions, plus 4 reported high school English teachers (isn’t that all of them?)
Alamogordo Public Schools: 11 open positions
Gadsden ISD: 16 open positions
Rio Rancho Public Schools: 19 open positions
Gallup-McKinley County Schools: 25 open positions
Santa Fe Public Schools: 53 open positions
Albuquerque Public Schools: 171 reported resignations; 170 open positions
These numbers will change over the course of the next two weeks, when official numbers start getting reported. And we will see more and more smaller districts lose more and more good teachers.
This is a crisis that has been propagated by Skandera’s PED. Even as she hawks the new teacher evaluation plan as a miracle for our students, teachers are realizing that the system is hurting their students and there’s nothing they can do about it. So they either choose to stay, knowing that they should do whatever they are able to protect those students (even though the evaluation process will ultimately call them “ineffective”), or they can leave now, while they still have some of their sanity and health intact.
Hanna Skandera will no doubt spin this as something that is good for New Mexico’s kids and our future. It’s not. It just isn’t. Skandera will gladly replace those good teachers with temps and corps members that are trained to do one thing: turn kids into good test takers. She will no doubt suggest that this is a “weed out” process that had to be done, just as her friends have done in the past.
Here are some of the voices that are reporting the losses:
We had a PE teacher at my school retire after the first day back. Another teacher announced she was going to retire in May, but decided by October she had had enough.
We had a special education teacher leave in October. He said that he had simply had enough.
My daughter is losing [a] math teacher. Excellent teacher, really bummed she’s leaving but on the other hand I totally get it.
My daughter’s excellent chemistry teacher will not be returning after Xmas. Breaks my heart.
This is truly bad news. These are not bad teachers. These are not flunkies who couldn’t “cut it.” These are professionals who can’t bear the thought of going along with a reform movement that hurts kids and threatens teachers’ livelihoods.
Most importantly, this “weeding out” process is bad for kids.
New Mexico parents, fight this with the most powerful weapon you have: the love of your children and the understanding that the public schools are the one thing standing between your kids and this scenario:
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