I discussed education reform and its prospects with union boss Ellen Bernstein and Arlie Woodrum of the UNM Department of Education last week. During the discussion, Bernstein adamantly denied that K-12 teachers in New Mexico are given tenure and said the policy was eliminated in the 1980s.
I based my statement that New Mexico teachers are given tenure after three years on this critical report by the liberal Center for American Progress. So, what’s the truth? Well, I found this and this, both of which assert that tenure for New Mexico teachers comes after three years.
Debating not one, but two education “experts” is tough enough, but debating them when even the most basic of facts is not acknowledged is nearly impossible. It also makes substantive progress on the issues a real challenge.