- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A judge has fined the New Mexico Public Education Department $485 and ordered it to pay attorney fees to a teachers union for violating the state’s open records law.

State District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled last week that the Public Education Department did try to locate the records requested by the union but did not respond in a timely and thorough manner.

The National Education Association-New Mexico sued in September after the department failed to produce a study related to teacher evaluations.

The department said it strives to comply with the record law but couldn’t immediately locate the study because it was arranged by an employee who subsequently left the agency.

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