- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Testimony is scheduled to continue in a legal challenge against New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system.

Former Public Education Department assistant secretary Pete Goldschmidt is scheduled Thursday to face cross examination in Santa Fe over how well the evaluation system is working. Goldschmidt helped draft the evaluation system.

The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation are seeking an injunction to halt the use of student test scores while their lawsuit against the evaluation system moves forward.

The unions say the evaluation system is forcing veteran educators to retire or have their licenses jeopardized. They want the evaluation system tossed.

But Public Education Department spokesman Robert McEntyre said the suit is a “disappointing distraction” from the agency’s mission of providing a quality education to every child.

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