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Monday, January 20th, 2014

And so to have a dream.

Dear Honorable New Mexico Legislator,

My name is Jeff Tuttle, I have been a teacher at Monte Vista Elementary for 22 years.  Last year I was awarded a Golden Apple.  I was raised in New Mexico, and went to school in the Albuquerque Public Schools.

If we keep the teacher evaluation system in tact, as faulty as it is, we could do it for free with Google Docs or email and templates.  The teacher evaluation system, “Teachscape” uses a framework for teacher evaluations called the Danielson Rubric, which is freely available, and could be used without copyright violation.

The lessons and materials we are currently uploading to one of the largest textbook conglomerates in the world, (Pearson, which owns Teachscape) to prove our competence, could instead be gathered online as material for open source textbooks and used to develop expertise and professional investment.

This is a better dream than political rides on the backs of New Mexico school children.  We could fund smaller classrooms and have more instructional time with the money we are pouring into this multi-billion dollar multi-national corporation.

Please do all that is in your power return public education to the public.  If there is only altruistic intentions then lets move to the free existing infrastructure on the internet.  If this is not altruistic, teacher evaluations will be followed by the package deal:  Pearson’s standardized tests, (which New Mexico has already started), and Pearson textbooks.   This is and will be at the cost of classroom spending on our children in New Mexico.  We know where the Mantra “stop the status quo” goes, the Philadelphia governor used it to adopt Pearson in their schools, and has made education there worse.  (NPR)

Thanks for your consideration in sparing our schools millions of dollars and years of more being played in politics for personal gain.

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Comment by Albuq Citizen on January 25, 2014 at 8:33am

It's all about the money.

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