The state Public Education Department released teacher evaluation data this week. According to the PED, about 47 percent of teachers were ranked "effective" and 24 percent were ranked "highly effective." This week on New Mexico in Focus, a panel of Albuquerque teachers will convene in studio to discuss testing and teacher evaluation.  

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists weigh in on the debate for teacher evaluations. They also discuss a recently released report on a contract between Taser International and the Albuquerque Police Department that was negotiated while Chief Ray Schultz was still head of the department. Schultz is now a contractor with the company. The report from State Auditor Tim Keller alleges that the Taser contract violated procurement law.

Michael Riordan, chief operations officer, City of Albuquerque
David Wood, president of the Greater Gardner Neighborhood Association
Local teachers

Line Panelists
Merritt Allen, principal and executive director, Vox Optima, LLC
Eric Griego, former NM State Senator
Phil C. Marquez, Talk Radio, Inc.
Sophie Martin, & Attorney

Sarah Gustavus, NMiF producer

Host/ Commentator
Gene Grant

The Producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with Associate Producer Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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